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500,000 wifi passwords easy to hack, warns consumer group

Thursday 03 January 2013

The passwords for at least 500,000 wifi routers in the Netherlands can still easily be discovered by hackers, even though the problem has been known since the end of 2011, according to the consumers association Consumentenbond.

The organisation says specific types of routers from KPN, UPC and Ziggo are still open to abuse and the companies are now trying to find a solution. The telecoms watchdog Opta has also been informed.

The problem centres on KPN (Experia ZTE H220N), Ziggo (Ubee evw3200) and Horizon mediabox from UPC. Other routers affected include the Linksys E1000 and E2000.

Hackers do have to be close to the wifi system in order to break in, the Consumentenbond said.

Consumers should get in touch with their internet service provider to find out if they are at risk and how to make their system safer, the consumer lobby group said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

500,000 wifi passwords easy to hack, warns consumer group. A known problem. Many people forget one can login to the wifi and change the password. Another solution is turning it off when you are not using it.

By Terence Hale | 4 January 2013 6:38 PM

with that wifi password hack is easy way to hack any wifi password

By wifi password hack | 19 January 2013 1:19 PM

@wifi password hack - Could you please clarify that comment?

By Nika | 19 January 2013 2:22 PM

The first thing you should do is change the router default password (especially if it's written on the bottom label) AND the network SSID. And @wifihack, it's not easy cracking any WiFi passwords other than the default ones. Stop scaring people in order to Google malware!

By Neo | 19 January 2013 3:57 PM

Its very simple. The hacker simply runs a program from their own machine that finds your password in a relatively short period of time. No password is safe as it is a program that attacks the WSP settings,

UPC have already implemented a fix. The others are probably doing the same,

By fintan | 21 January 2013 12:36 AM

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