TP-Link Forgets To Renew And Losses Domains
We all use domain names to connect to the respective website we desire to browse. It appears that Tp-Link, a well known for its internet routers and other networking products based in based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. They forgot to renew its domain names tplinklogin.net and tplinkextender.net. Domain names are really helpful as they are easier to remember than the numeric IP addresses. These domains were used to configure TP-LINK routers and the second is used for TP-LINK Wi-Fi extenders respectively. Though users can also configure the routers locally using the IP address (192.168.1.1)
Reports suggested that the above-mentioned domain were not renewed on time. Later these domains were re- registered using an anonymous registration service for a whopping US $2.5 Million each by an unknown entity. This mistake was first spotted by Cybermoon CEO Amitay Dan which could possibly lead the users to potential problems.Dan stated that TP-Link is updating its manuals to remove references to the domain names completely. Also, TP-Link has shown no interest in buying back the domains. Earlier this year TP-Link had already started replacing its tplinklogin.net domain with tplinkwifi.net domain. Since the new tplinkwifi.net domain is with them, currently the users have no direct threats
There seems to be a worry for the user who might be accessing the URL printed on the back of the hardware devices provided by TP-Link. Especially if these domains end up under a third party’s control. These villains could easily distribute malware, serve phishing pages with instructions for users to “download new firmware to your router,” and request device or social media credentials from users before redirecting them to the router’s local admin panel IP.
In an attempt to avoid possible dangers users are advised not to access the TP-Link routers using the tplinklogin.net domain; instead, use local IP address. Also, the Internet service provider has been requested to block the affected domain names to keep the users safe and secure.