More than 12 million routers are affected by a scary, new security flaw. Security experts are calling it the "misfortune cookie" and hackers could use it to completely hijack any device connected to a router.
This flaw isn't limited to single brand. Older and lower-end routers from D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE and ZyXEL could be affected, according to information-security company Check Point. Here's what Check Point claims a hacker could do with this hack:
Attackers can send specially crafted HTTP cookies [to the gateway] that exploit the vulnerability to corrupt memory and alter the application and system state. This, in effect, can trick the attacked device to treat the current session with administrative privileges - to the misfortune of the device owner.
Routers are one of the most important types of tech that needs to stay secure. If a hacker can snoop in on your router, then they can watch all of the information that goes into and out of your computer. Luckily, this vulnerability is fixable.