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You might actually WANT your router to catch this virus

You might actually WANT your router to catch this virus
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You know to be on the lookout for malware that hackers can use to take over your devices, including your computer hardware. Hackers steal billions of dollars from Americans every year, and they're smart. In fact, the White House and federal employees have been victimized.

But there is a mysterious software program popping up that may not do your computer any harm, at all. In fact, it may be good for your computer.

It's called Wifatch.Linux and the cybersecurity firm Symantec estimates that it's already infected tens of thousands of Internet routers. Wifatch.Linux actually shuts down unsecure communications features on routers. If someone other than you then tries to access your router, this virus gives you a security patch and tells you to change your password.

Cybersecurity experts haven't found the person or hacker team behind Wifatch.Linux, but they have let it sit on some of their routers for months. So far, no ill effects.

Next page: Don't let Wifatch.Linux infect your router
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