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EE to issue patch to 350,000 Brightbox routers after security holes exposed

John E Dunn | Jan. 22, 2014
Broadband provider EE is to issue a patch for customers using its Brightbox 1 and 2 home routers after a researcher discovered a flaw that could allow attackers to gain access to the device's admin and user broadband accounts.

It's also been pointed out that many home routers are vulnerable to attack simply because they either have default passwords and user names that are never changed (an older problem) or have apparently random ones unique to each device which turn out not to be as random as they appear.

Flaws in home routers are far from a new issue and have dogged the sector for years. Last October security firm Tripwire revealed that it had discovered vulnerabilities in products from Netgear and D-Link.

A year ago, Rapid 7 discovered that millions of consumer devices such as printers, webcams, and routers using the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol were full of flaws that could compromise their security.


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