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by: DerfX February 1, 2012 3:48 PM PST

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Was I "Hacked" (wireless network)

by DerfX - 2/1/12 3:48 PM

I came home from work today and turned on my laptop only to find -No Connection-. A quick check in the [Network and Sharing Center], (Win 7HP), and I see all my neighbors, a new network called "Linksys" and MY router missing. I saw a five-bar connection to the new router called "Linksys" so I figure that may be MY router but with a new default SSID. I have been using the same unique SSID for years with a 7-digit password.

So I shut off the wireless connection on my lappy and fired up my old desktop which is hard-wired to the router. When I tried my router access password, I could not get in.

I immediately did a router power-down and reset with that little button on the back. We are talking a WRT54GL wireless router hooked to a cable modem through Brighthouse-RoadRunner that also supplies my phone and TV.

Anyway, I was able to access the router with the default password so next, I put in a new very cryptic router access password. then I went to Wireless security and chose that WPA2, (I think, I think I was originally using the regular WPA). Then I chose a new 17-digit unique and cryptic key phrase.

I have had this router for quite a while and I have never seen an SSID get changed unless Linksys sent out some kind of update that reset it to its default. But I've never heard of that either. Do you think someone figured out my 7-digit router access password and went in and changed my SSID? And what else could they do remotely if all the computers were shut off at the time?

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