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Over 7 Million UK Homes With Old Broadband Routers Are Vulnerable To Hackers

Sun May 09 2021

Multiple security issues need fixing with firmware and security patches

According to consumer group Which?, nearly 7.5 million UK households are currently suffering from serious security flaws in older model broadband routers.

They’ve recently conducted a survey of more than 6,000 UK adults asking which routers they were using in their home.

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We found millions could be using devices over five years old, that are no longer being supported with firmware updates. Without firmware and security updates, there's no guarantee that security issues will be fixed.

Which? Spokesperson

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The study tested thirteen common router models that had been provided to consumers by ISP’s including Virgin Media, TalkTalk, EE and Sky. Of these, nine failed to meet requirements set out as part of the Government plan to improve laws around connected devices.

Of these, over two-thirds had flaws that would enable a hacker to access an individual’s private network. According to Which? estimates, that’s six million people in the UK currently using equipment that hasn’t been updated since before 2018. 

 

The devices identified as most at risk include:

 

  • Virgin Media Super Hub
  • Virgin Media Super Hub 2
  • Sky SR101
  • Sky SR102
  • TalkTalk HG523a
  • TalkTalk HG533
  • TalkTalk HG635

 

These have been found to support weak passwords, which will allow hackers to spy on users as they use the internet from home.

 

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Which? found older devices from both BT and Plusnet to have received recent security updates, with no unpatched flaws.

 

Virgin Media were quick to reject the results of the study, stating that nine out of ten of their customers all used their latest router models. The BT group owning EE also stated that most of its customers were using its latest modems and that they constantly monitored all of their routers for potential security flaws, providing updates where needed.

 

If you’re worried however, it’s definitely worth checking your current router model with your ISP, or the above list provided by Which?

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