Millions of U.K. households use old broadband routers that hackers could exploit, according to a probe conducted by consumer watchdog Which? and security researchers at consultancy Red Maple Technologies.
Which? polled over 6,000 adults and flagged 13 older routers still commonly used by consumers across Britain; Red Maple analysts determined nine of the 13 devices did not meet modern security standards.
The consumer watchdog calculated that up to 7.5 million U.K. users could potentially be affected, as vulnerable routers present an opportunity for hackers to spy on people as they browse, or to steer them to spam websites.
The researchers also highlighted weak default passwords as a vulnerability in older routers.
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