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How millions of DSL modems were hacked in Brazil, to pay for Rio prostitutes

Source: Graham Cluley, Naked Security

So, you think you’re doing a pretty good job in terms of computer security on your home PC? You’ve kept your computer fully patched against the latest vulnerabilities? You’ve ensured that your PC is running the latest-and-greatest anti-virus updates?

Good for you.

Now, how about your router?

My suspicion is that the typical computer user doesn’t give a second thought about whether their router could be harbouring a security threat, imagining that the devices don’t need to be treated with suspicion.

But if you think that, you’re quite wrong.

Fabio Assolini, a researcher for Kaspersky Labs, gave a fascinating presentation at the Virus Bulletin conference in Dallas last week, describing how more than 4.5 million home DSL routers in Brazil were found to have been silently hacked by cybercriminals last year.

Assolini described in his presentation, entitled “The tale of 1001 ADSL modems: Network devices in the sights of cybercriminals”, how at some Brazilian ISPs, more than 50% of users were reported to have been affected by the attack.

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