Cybersecurity researchers have advised the users to change the manufacturer’s default access credentials of their Wi-Fi home router to minimize the risk of being compromised.
One in 16 home Wi-Fi routers still uses the manufacturer’s default administrator passwords, a recent survey conducted by tech website Comparitech revealed. This vulnerability could allow threat actors to carry out all kinds of cyberattacks, including router hijacking and victim eavesdropping.
“These routers, which number in the tens of thousands, can be remotely found and attacked using publicly available passwords, granting malicious hackers’ access to the victim’s home network,” reads the study. Researchers at Comparitech examined the 12 most popular home Wi-Fi router models sold on Amazon.