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Cisco warns customers about attacks installing rogue firmware on networking gear

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    Installing rogue firmware on embedded devices has long been a concern for security researchers, and it seems that such attacks have started to gain ground with hackers.

    In an advisory Tuesday, Cisco Systems warned customers that it is aware of a limited number of cases where attackers have replaced the boot firmware on devices running its IOS operating system. IOS runs on most Cisco routers and switches and provides a complex set of networking tools and features.

    Attackers used valid administrative credentials in order to replace the ROMMON image on IOS devices, Cisco said.

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