Broadband flaw left 400,000 British homes open to hacking – was your router vulnerable?


More than 400,000 households were vulnerable to hackers eavesdropping on their web browsing habits and credit card details thanks to a flaw in equipment from a British broadband provider.

Hyperoptic, Britain’s largest residential gigabit broadband provider, provided customers with routers made by ZTE, the Chinese company that last week prompted a security warning from GCHQ.

The flaw in the routers granted hackers total remote control of a home network if unsuspecting customers clicked a “phishing” link sent over email or social media.

Clicking the link would allow attackers to log into the router, allowing them to change the password, watch what the user was browsing and weaken the security firewalls…