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Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers

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A potentially vulnerable router.

Millions of households in the U.K. are using old broadband routers that could fall prey to hackers.

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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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