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Broadband provider BT has announced it is taking steps to improve the security of its Home Hub router, following reports of its vulnerability to hackers.

In a statement posted on the telecommunications giant's website, it confirmed that it is to remotely deactivate the remote assistance feature within the Home Hub Manager software, which is believed to be the source of the problem.

Furthermore, future versions of the software will have the feature removed entirely, BT said.

News of the vulnerability of the Home Hub router first surfaced on the GNUCITIZEN website, which revealed that the flaw could enable hackers to seize control and manipulate the connection.

GNUCITIZEN hosted a video showing how a hacker could enable backdoor in order to control the router remotely, disable wireless completely and steal the WEP/WPA key, Isp Review reports.

BT has stressed that its decision to remove the feature from its software, will not "affect…normal operation of the Hub, does not impair any BT Total Broadband services and will not affect other PC-based remote access applications or remote upgrades".

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