Malware-Lobbing Hackers Seize 300,000 RoutersHackers launch scam and malware campaigns after compromising a variety of routers running firmware with known vulnerabilities
More than 300,000 home and small-office (SOHO) routers have been compromised by hackers and are being used to distribute massive quantities of spam and malware.
Florida-based security firm Team Cymru sounded that alarm Monday in a research report into the router takeovers, which it's been tracking since January. Hacked routers have been found everywhere from the United States to Russia, although the largest quantity were traced to Vietnam, India, Turkey, Thailand, and Columbia.
Team Cymru has shared its findings with multiple law enforcement agencies, and tried to contact all affected manufacturers, which it said include D-Link, Micronet, Tenda, and TP-Link, among others.
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Mathew Schwartz served as the InformationWeek information security reporter from 2010 until mid-2014. View Full Bio