Virgin Media has urged its users to change their passwords over a hacking risk. 800,000 customers have been affected after an investigation by Which? found that hackers could access the company’s Super Hub 2 router, and gain access to smart appliances including CCTV cameras.
Although Virgin Media claim the risk is small they have advised all customers using the default network and router passwords to immediately update them.
Smart Devices at risk in Virgin Media Hack
This news follows last year’s attack on internet routers from the Zyxel brand. That attack was linked to Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks which took down some major websites. That was the first time devices connected to the ‘Internet of Things’ were used in a malicious cyber attack.
Always Change Passwords
You should never leave your router with the default admin username and password. If you do then anyone could connect to it over WiFi or the internet and access every device on it. Hackers could install malware onto your system that records your passwords on banking websites or even spy on you through cameras on your connected devices.
Replace Insecure Routers
We advise that businesses use enterprise standard Draytek routers. Digitalquill can supply, and configure these routers which also have added security because their enhanced firewalls allow connections and networks to be secured to the standards needed for PCI DSS and credit card processing.
Digitalquill: Experts in Security
Even if you were not affected by the Virgin Media hack, it gives you yet another reason to take security seriously. Cyber Security is not simply a an IT support issue: it can have serious consequences for the viability of your whole business. If you need advice on how to keep your business secure or then call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.