Router WiFi Alert – Update your Wi-Fo device now
When most people think of cyber attacks, they assume that their data is at risk from malware downloaded from the Internet or fake email fraud. However, it seems that the router tucked under your TV can provide hackers with a very easy way to track your online activities, steal highly personal information, or even bombard your PC with fake websites.
This new warning comes from Mathy Vanhoef, a Belgian security expert who has discovered some serious flaws in a number of popular routers.
The glitch, called “FragAttacks”, stems from a combination of simple design flaws in the router itself and flaws with the software that powers it. Incredibly, some of these problems stem from when routers were first implemented in 1997.
Vanhoef says devices affected by the problem can be easily hacked as long as the cybercriminal is within a victim’s radio range.
To give manufacturers time to fix the issue, the issue was reported to the WiFi Alliance last year before being made public.
A number of leading manufacturers have already rushed to release updates to fix the outage.
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“The discovery of these vulnerabilities comes as a surprise, as Wi-Fi security has improved significantly in recent years,” said Vanhoef.
Fortunately, it seems hackers have not yet been able to take advantage of this flaw, but it is vital that you keep your router’s software fully up to date to protect your digital life from attacks.
Many companies, including Netgear, Intel, Lenovo and Samsung, have released updates and advice for customers.
In a post on its site, Netgear said, “It is aware of a series of vulnerabilities in the WiFi protocol industry known as Fragment and Forge. If exploited, these vulnerabilities could be used to protect data without remove your knowledge and they could lead to other exploits. “
Speaking of the update, Nick Weaver, Co-Founder and CEO of Eero said, “We proactively released a creepy OS patch to protect all creepy customers from these issues, and we have no evidence that this issue has been exploited on creepy devices.
“We appreciate all the work of independent researchers who have helped bring this issue to the attention of the industry.”
Vanhoef says that if no updates are available for your device yet, you can mitigate some attacks (but not all) by making sure websites use HTTPS and making sure your devices receive all other available updates.
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