Routers are one of the most important devices in any home or office. This is because they are the devices responsible for connecting the user to the Internet, whether via Wi-Fi or via a wired connection.
Routers manufactured before 2016 are at great risk. As hackers may succeed in hacking it directly over the Internet and without being close to it.
According to the findings, hundreds of thousands of routers currently in use around the world suffer from these vulnerabilities.
These at-risk devices were produced and sold between 2010 and 2015. Some devices older than 2004 are exposed to the same risks. The matter was discovered by the German company IoT Inspector, which works in the field of information security.
Serious vulnerabilities have been discovered in a large number of router types. It has already been sold in 65 countries around the world by various companies.
According to the available information, closing the remote control panel’s access feature through the router settings will not be enough to prevent hackers from accessing the device.
If the hacker succeeds in exploiting it, he will be able to fully control the hacker’s device, as well as the ability to run code on the victim’s device remotely.
Indeed, a number of breaches by a group of hackers were discovered before the IoT Inspector report was published. Which means that these vulnerabilities are known to some and are already being exploited.
If your router is new, i.e. it was produced in 2015 or later, you will likely get an update that will fill this vulnerability, but if your device is older than that, the best solution is to buy a new router.
In the event that your device is older than 2015, it most likely will not get the update from the ground up, and the best solution remains to acquire a new device.
Despite the huge delay from Realtek, they have made it clear that they will not be sending updates to some older devices.