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Report: Anonymous hacked thousands of home routers

Report: Anonymous hacked thousands of home routers
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Hackers will use any tool at their disposal to get what they want, and one of their latest tools is your home router. I'm not just talking about taking it over so they can snoop on your network either.

It's easy to forget, but routers are computers too. They have processors and memory, and, most importantly for hackers, direct access to the Internet.

That means a hacker can infect a router and use it to launch attacks against other Internet-based computers. The hacker doesn't even have to touch your computer or any other gadget on your network.

That's just what's happening right now. Security firm Incapsula has been tracking a growing router botnet, or group of routers under hacker control, since December.

Next page: What are the routers doing and which ones are affected
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