Culminating Project Title

So You Think Your Router Is Safe?

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Information Assurance: M.S.


Information Assurance and Information Systems


Herberger School of Business

First Advisor

Jim Q. Chen

Second Advisor

Abdullah Abu Hussein

Third Advisor

Balasubramanian Kasi

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

router, vulnerability, security, mirai, psyb0t


A home router is a common item found in today’s household and is seen by most as just an Internet connection enabler. Users don’t realize how important this single device is in terms of privacy protection. The router is the centerpiece through which all the household Internet activities including ecommerce, tax filing and banking pass through. When this central device is compromised, users are at risk of having personal and confidential data exposed. Over the past decade, information security professionals have been shedding light on vulnerabilities plaguing consumer routers. Yet, most users are unaware of all the different ways a router can be compromised and tend to focus only on setting up a strong password to stop the neighbor from piggy backing on the Internet.