Hmmm, several thoughts on this and also an area where ejs will probably have some good input. I dont think its typical BBC reporting. I believe there could be a real cause for concern here.
I think they must
warn their users, fair enough the "risk to the individual user was relatively low" in the fact that its unlikely someone would travel around the country targetting all users.
However, what if you looked at it from another perspective. What if someone parked themselves in an area - ANY area - and scanned the SSIDs in that area. It then wouldn't take 2 minutes to check and see if the SSID is one of the 57000 that has been compromised and they now have the password to get on that network.
I believe this may also be under estimated
"If you look at the average home user and what is on their home network, that would be exposed to an attacker,... then there is not a great deal.
How many home networks these days use network sharing. Whilst its highly unlikely that financial type data will be in shared folders, how about if someone decides to delete whole libaries of data/music/photos/videos. Someone just for kicks could delete photo albums or whatever.
How about if someone decides to dump some sort of malicious file in a shared folder that could spread and infect every machine on that network.
"The list that you sent me, I can confirm that they are TalkTalk router IDs," said its head of corporate communications.
"But we haven't seen anything to suggest that there are 57,000 of them out there."
BS. The reason the compromise last week was deliberately kept under-wraps and out of the public domain because the fear of something like this happening. It is a known fact that 100s of thousands of routers were in a compromised state the weekend before last.
Broadstairs challenged me why didn't I disclose that fact before the Zyxel/Eircom fix was rolled out and why did the ISPs keep it quiet. This is an example of the reason why - because it would only take one [bad] person to run a bot and they would soon have a heck of a lot of info if they then decided to target all the TT IP addresses.
Someone obviously knew that the TT modems were also wide open for a couple of days. If they have data for 100 then I would think its a sure fire bet that they do have data for one heck of a lot more.