Yet again, it seems as though the security details of the BT Home Hub, the nation’s most widely used wireless router, can be easily compromised, thanks to a recent update which was intended in good faith to make the wireless router harder to crack.
Previously, the default password in the Hub would be simple enough for most hackers to guess and break in – the chaps from the BT security department decided to change this default setting so that the original password, previously “admin”, would be replaced by each Home Hub’s unique serial number, which would be impossible for anyone to guess off of the top of their heads.
However, its turns out that getting hold of a Hub’s serial number is pretty easy to do. Requests for a serial number sent on a LAN are quickly answered, giving hackers everything they need to leech off of a Hub user’s connection.
Thankfully there is a simple way around this; change your password yourself. BT have helpfully listed detailed instructions on how to do this and advise that all customers increase their security from the default WEP to the more robust WPA.
Look out for our new and improved wireless security page coming soon here on Broadband Finder, where we’ll be able to give you the 411 on how to best surf in safety.
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