Netgear unveils world's easiest bug bounty

Router baron makes break from SOHOpeless device cesspit sporting chained multikill bonus


Netgear has broken ranks from the consumer router security shame factory to offer a bug bounty sporting extra rewards for chained exploits.

Hoping to shake the SOHOpeless tag, the vendor will hand out up to US$15,000 for hackers reporting global remote unauthorised access from the internet to Netgear devices, and unauthorised access to Netgear's cloud storage or live video feeds and files.

Hackers will bag US$10,000 to those who can pull off those feats for individual users, or can score credit card information including the all critical CVV numbers.

They will score half that in they can steal only one user's payment information or the majority of Netgear's customer database including logins and products owned.

The vendor under its bug bounty is encouraging hackers to chain vulnerabilities to score a chain bonus which will multiply the payout by a factor of three.

"Chaining of bugs is encouraged to demonstrate a higher impact and receive rewards," Netgear security types say.

"Participants are asked to report the bugs as they are found and those can then be used as a part of a chain submission by the participant any time during the next six months.

"If you report a unique chain vulnerability, with a minimum of three bugs, in addition to the cash reward for each individual bug in the chain, Netgear will apply a chain bonus for the bug that results from the chain."

Those wanting to bag a chained bug bounty must be the first to file the bugs used in the combo-breakers; "so file early and file often!" Netgear says.

The bug bounty is a very welcome move for a router industry in dire need of stronger security controls, and could see Netgear become a consumer router vendor with noted infosec chops.

Netgear says those hacking its Amazon Web Services assets, its website, or offering the regular list of dismissed attacks like social engineering and distributed denial of service attack need not apply. ®


Other stories you might like

  • India reveals home-grown server that won't worry the leading edge

    And a National Blockchain Strategy that calls for gov to host BaaS

    India's government has revealed a home-grown server design that is unlikely to threaten the pacesetters of high tech, but (it hopes) will attract domestic buyers and manufacturers and help to kickstart the nation's hardware industry.

    The "Rudra" design is a two-socket server that can run Intel's Cascade Lake Xeons. The machines are offered in 1U or 2U form factors, each at half-width. A pair of GPUs can be equipped, as can DDR4 RAM.

    Cascade Lake emerged in 2019 and has since been superseded by the Ice Lake architecture launched in April 2021. Indian authorities know Rudra is off the pace, and said a new design capable of supporting four GPUs is already in the works with a reveal planned for June 2022.

    Continue reading
  • Prisons transcribe private phone calls with inmates using speech-to-text AI

    Plus: A drug designed by machine learning algorithms to treat liver disease reaches human clinical trials and more

    In brief Prisons around the US are installing AI speech-to-text models to automatically transcribe conversations with inmates during their phone calls.

    A series of contracts and emails from eight different states revealed how Verus, an AI application developed by LEO Technologies and based on a speech-to-text system offered by Amazon, was used to eavesdrop on prisoners’ phone calls.

    In a sales pitch, LEO’s CEO James Sexton told officials working for a jail in Cook County, Illinois, that one of its customers in Calhoun County, Alabama, uses the software to protect prisons from getting sued, according to an investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    Continue reading
  • Battlefield 2042: Please don't be the death knell of the franchise, please don't be the death knell of the franchise

    Another terrible launch, but DICE is already working on improvements

    The RPG Greetings, traveller, and welcome back to The Register Plays Games, our monthly gaming column. Since the last edition on New World, we hit level cap and the "endgame". Around this time, item duping exploits became rife and every attempt Amazon Games made to fix it just broke something else. The post-level 60 "watermark" system for gear drops is also infuriating and tedious, but not something we were able to address in the column. So bear these things in mind if you were ever tempted. On that note, it's time to look at another newly released shit show – Battlefield 2042.

    I wanted to love Battlefield 2042, I really did. After the bum note of the first-person shooter (FPS) franchise's return to Second World War theatres with Battlefield V (2018), I stupidly assumed the next entry from EA-owned Swedish developer DICE would be a return to form. I was wrong.

    The multiplayer military FPS market is dominated by two forces: Activision's Call of Duty (COD) series and EA's Battlefield. Fans of each franchise are loyal to the point of zealotry with little crossover between player bases. Here's where I stand: COD jumped the shark with Modern Warfare 2 in 2009. It's flip-flopped from WW2 to present-day combat and back again, tried sci-fi, and even the Battle Royale trend with the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone (2020), which has been thoroughly ruined by hackers and developer inaction.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021