Cybersecurity Threat with Home Routers

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Image of 3 different styles of Jetstream home routers.
Types of Jetstream home routers

Do you have one of these internet routers in your house?

Information security researchers have discovered that certain routers that have been sold by numerous retailers and online sites like Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Aliexpress, and Newegg have malicious code in them that allow them to be exploited by hackers.

The devices may have been sold under the brand names

  • Jetstream
  • Wavlink
  • Winstars

These low-cost routers and WiFi repeaters have a backdoor code that can give hackers access to your computers and any device connected to your home network. Not only can hackers take control of your computers, phones, and tablets, but any device on your network is at risk as well.

Examples of what’s at risk on your network:

  • Computers, phones
  • Smart appliances
  • Smart doorbells
  • Alexa and “Hey Google” devices
  • Game consoles
  • Security cameras and baby monitors

If you have one of these devices, it is best to disconnect it and stop using it. 

You should consult with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) on the best options for extending your existing internet coverage.  Routers are not eligible for reimbursement and are not provided by the university, nor approved for use on the Georgetown network.

UIS has taken steps to prevent these devices from making a connection to University resources. If you have trouble connecting to Georgetown, you may need to check your internet access devices or  consult with your ISP.

Replace your personal routers with a stable and secure product from a reputable company. Tom’ has a good list of routers they’ve tested for performance, value, and security. The replacement device is not a University-reimbursable expense.

UIS is not endorsing or recommending any one product, but some options for your consideration include:

  • Netgear
  • Google Nest
  • TP-Link
  • Linksys