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'BlackAngels' hackers swoop on Cisco security flaws

by Donna Buenaventura / March 29, 2004 5:07 PM PST

Italian teenagers write exploit for networking product holes?

Cisco Systems issued a security warning this weekend to customers after new software code was published on the internet that targeted certain vulnerabilities on several of its networking products.

The software code, written by a group of teenagers in Italy calling themselves the "BlackAngels," exploits nine vulnerabilities found in Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS). This software runs on most of Cisco's products, including its Catalyst Ethernet switches and Internet Protocol routers.

Many of the vulnerabilities exposed in the new software tool have already been identified and addressed by Cisco. Some of them were identified as far back as 2000. As these problems were discovered, Cisco published software upgrades and workaround scenarios to help customers protect their networks from malicious attacks.


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