Radio Station Hacks Accentuate Importance of Network Security
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, April 8, 2016 – Barix has been made aware of reported incidents where Barix devices have been hijacked to broadcast unauthorized content. We deplore these attacks.
Barix would like to emphasize that its devices are secure for Broadcast use when set up correctly and protected with a strong password. With several hundreds of thousands of Barix devices in operation worldwide, these unfortunate security breaches are an extreme rarity.
The problem rests with securing things on the Internet in general. By checking one of the named listing sites, significant numbers of Internet-connected devices of all types and brands can be found. These devices are easily accessible if not properly protected.
Barix streaming devices support the highest security levels with 24-character password protection. However, attacks are made easier if this password is not used and changed regularly.
Barix is working with its Broadcast clients to help resolve individual cases. Our specialists are helping now and will be at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas, exhibiting at booth C1139.
We recommend that our customers:
1. Immediately change the password of their devices to use the full 24 characters.
2. Review their network security; no device should be openly connected to the Internet. All devices should be secured behind firewalls, or connected using a VPN.
To address the complexity of setting up audio links over the public Internet, Barix has partnered with streaming specialists StreamGuys to offer the REFLECTOR service for Broadcasters, enabling audio to be sent over public Internet without exposing the devices to attacks of this kind.
REFLECTOR has been available to our customers for several years, and is used successfully by broadcasters worldwide to establish highly secure network connections for Audio over IP transport. Barix is offering a free 30-day REFLECTOR trial for customers that are concerned about network security.
If you own a Barix device and have questions or concerns, call 866-815-0866 in the US and +41 43 43322 11 internationally. Our technical support and customer service teams are always available.