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Home routers: Broken windows to the world

Taylor Armerding | May 20, 2014
Top security experts say the software in most home routers – even brand new ones – is so obsolete that it is an inviting attack surface for hackers. And changing your password will help a little, but not all that much

"The base software can be kept up to date and automatically upgraded for a tiny fraction of what you pay your ISP each month. So it's not that there is no money available; it's just not going from where it comes -- which is you, directly or indirectly -- to where it needs to be expended -- into keeping the software up to date on these devices," he said.

But he calls the prospect of that kind of change, "not very likely," which he said will lead to, "a long, painful future."


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