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UK's EE to Deploy Urgent Security Update to Wi-Fi Routers

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UK based mobile network operator, EE has confirmed that it will deploy an emergency security upgdate to customers who have also signed up for its home broadband internet service.

A security researcher found a flaw in the Wi-Fi routers that enabled remote access to the domestic router. In theory, it could enable a hacker to instal software to listen in on internet traffic and extract confidential information.

EE said that the problem is limited to users of its Brightbox 1 or 2 router and while describing the problem as "moderate", has decided to prioritise the software patch.

Any customer who signed up for EE's domestic broadband service since early 2012 will be affected by the issue, which is estimated to be around 350,000 customers.

In a statement, EE said: "We treat all security matters seriously, and while no personal data will be compromised by the device itself, we would like to reassure customers that we are working on a service update which we plan to issue shortly, and which will remotely and automatically update customers' Brightboxes with enhanced security protection."

The company said that it hasn't had any complaints from customers whose router had been attacked in this manner so far.

On the web: Scott Helme

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