Security alert as Cisco website is hacked

Networking giant Cisco has had to mount a security operation on its own website after a bug was found that could expose the passwords of staff, customers and other users.

Networking giant Cisco has had to mount a security operation on its own website after a bug was found that could expose the passwords of staff, customers and other users.

The company has been forced to reset passwords for all registered users of the site, alongside other security measures. It warned that the huge volume of requests from users who have had problems accessing the site could lead to delays in issuing the new passwords.

The security incident comes just days after details of bugs in software controlling Cisco routers that could be exploited by hackers were posted on the internet. Cisco had earlier secured a US court injunction to stop researcher Michael Lynn repeating the details he had revealed at last week’s Black Hat security conference.

The new flaw was found in a search tool on Cisco.com by an outside security research organisation, a Cisco advisory notice said. The company has now researched the issue and taken steps to tackle the bug.

Cisco said it was investigating the incident, adding, “This incident does not appear to be due to a weakness in Cisco products or technologies.”

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