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Router hack risk ‘not limited to Virgin Media’

A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest.
Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers.
But experts raised concerns that older routers provided by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and others were also at risk.
They recommend users change their router password from the default.
What makes a router vulnerable?
Many routers are sent to customers with a default wi-fi password already set up.
Some use a long password with mixture of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and sometimes symbols.
But others use short passwords with a limited selection of characters, and many follow a pattern than can be identified by attackers.
The Virgin Media Super Hub 2 used passwords that were just eight characters long, and used only lower-case letters.
That gives cyber-criminals a framework to help them crack passwords quickly, using a dedicated computer.

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