Cisco has admitted that around 80 of its router products sold to home consumers, home workers and small offices are potentially open to data hacking attacks.
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The routers are susceptible to the type of attack publicised by researchers at Indiana University and Symantec last week.
A number of other home router manufacturers’ products are also affected by the threat, and users can probably expect future admissions of susceptibility in the future.
The researchers have demonstrated that data can be stolen and routers crashed as a result of users visiting rogue websites loaded with specially coded Java script.
The code allows hackers to take advantage of weaknesses in home routers if users have not changed the default usernames and passwords that come loaded with the router.
Cisco has advised users to change these details on installation, although the researchers have not so far reported any attacks in the wild that use the flaw.
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