This was a really strange thing, so I use a Dlink Dir-816 router. Today it rebooted all of a sudden and when it came back online the name of the wifi etc where reverted to default. Ok this was not a big deal but when I logged on to router homepage to reconfigure the settings out of nowhere it’s showing a page called Tenda ( this was the first time I ever heard of a company named Tenda, turns out it’s a legit company ) The login password was not the one I use, it was the default company password so I was able to login. When I logged in the settings used a different username ( with some other guy’s name and initials ) so I logged out reset my router and everything is back to normal. I called dlink to see if they were purchased by this Tenda, they said no and they were equally clueless as me on this issue, they said they’ve never heard anything like this. I also called my network provider (it’s a fiber optics connection ) he confirmed that there indeed was a guy ( with the name and initials as on the Tenda login page ). My question is how does something like this happen, how can your router’s firmware be suddenly changed to another one and that too of a different company and how could I access a different person’s network settings ( well access is kind of a stretch I could see and edit his network settings if I wanted to, but what good does that do for me ) Also one more question is this a lapse from the network provider in terms of security, I mean in the case of individuals it’s more or less a minor issue, but for some financial institutions or businesses this could be a risk right?
On a side note I live in a very isolated location there are no houses or anything nearby at least for half a kilometre, so there are no other networks that my devices could have picked up. The possibility that it might’ve been someone’s wireless hot spot is also unlikely as my compound wall stretches far and my dogs would go haywire if anything came even close to the walls.