Researchers are warning that the serious security flaws in Netgear Routers that were discovered over a year ago are yet to be fixed.
According to Simon Kenin, a researcher at Trustwave, a cyber security firm, the vulnerabilities in Netgear routers still remain and hackers can exploit them and hijack the devices of individuals who may be using a Netgear router.
‘It is still possible for hackers to access Netgear routers, take them hostage and even include them in a botnet,’ he points out.
Over a year ago, researchers raised the alarm over a sophisticated flaw in the configuration of Netgear routers that hackers could successfully exploit to gain administrator-level of access to networks.
At the time, it was pointed out that hackers, using highly sophisticated hacking tools, could successfully probe a Netgear router into revealing its unique codes.
It was reported that the hacker could then use the codes that the router could produce to try to gain access to the network of the router.
Once the hackers gain access to a network, they could then use their authority as administrators to probe all the devices that are using the network, it was pointed out.
Hackers could then successfully steal the login credentials of users, launch more sophisticated phishing attacks and even ensnare the affected routers in their botnets, it was further warned.
However, what is likely to raise the concern of observers and experts alike is the revelation that Netgear has not successfully fixed all the security loopholes in the router that were pointed out over a year ago.
At first, it was pointed out that many of the devices that had been tested had multiple other vulnerabilities.
‘According to the findings of our research, more than10,000 Netgear routers are highly vulnerable to that hackers can gain remote access and expose users to many forms of cyber security risks,’ Kenin pointed out at the time.
So far, it appears that Netgear has not managed to fix all the vulnerabilities in its routers. It has been further reported that when news about the vulnerabilities first emerged a year ago, Netgear went public and said that it was committed to fixing the flaws within the shortest time possible.
However, going by the recent revelations, it appears that Netgear has not managed to fix all the problems in its routers, thus effectively exposing thousands of users of the router to all types of cyber security risks.