The attacker could pretty easily block user access to the router as well by changing the admin panel access password so that any malicious changes would be pretty difficult to undo.
Hackers might want to use this vulnerability to build a router-based botnet or just have internet access via other’s hotspot, adding one more security layer to protect their anonymity.
Unfortunately, this isn’t like a Windows or a Mac operating system update, where Microsoft or Apple asks if you’d like to install their updates, or in some cases just installs them automatically.
Dir-645 emergency room firmware recovery mode is different.
I finally fixed my router after a firmware update bricked it.
In case you don't have your own copy of the firmware you want to load (or if you want to get it again to make sure that your copy is good) go to »support.dlink.com/Produc ··· =DIR-655 and download the firmware copy that you want to use.
I recommend either 2.07 or 2.11 because version 2.10 has several known problems. However the only way I can get on the internet is direct Ethernet from the cable modem.