Casthack Exploits A Weakness In The Universal Plug And Play (Upnp) Networking Standard




Pair of ethical hackers known as CastHack have reportedly figured out how to hijack an apparent high number of Chromecast dongles cautioning their users about yet another security threat. This risk clearly attacks Google's Chromecast streaming devices driving users to play any YouTube video of the attacker’s choice.

The hackers, went on to display a message cautioning users about the security defect alongside a link clarifying how it can be fixed, at the same time requesting that users subscribe in to a prominent YouTuber PewDiePie.

CastHack exploits a shortcoming in the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) networking standard in specific routers, which permits a part of the connected devices that are accessible on the web. The bug though, can be effectively fixed by disabling UPnP on the Internet router.

The company however says that it’s a 'flaw'  that influences the routers instead of the Chromecast itself, therefore it isn't Google's fault in the least.

Regardless, this new risk to Chromecast isn't the first as there have been many comparable issues before. To be specific in 2014 and 2016, when the security firm Bishop Fox had revealed that it could effectively gain control of a Chromecast by disengaging it from its present Wi-Fi system and returning it to a factory state and when another cyber security firm called Pen Test Partner affirmed that the gadget was as yet defenseless against such comparable attacks.

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