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“Sophisticated” hackers are taking over your PC by stealthily attacking your wireless router – here’s how to protect yourself

VERY sophisticated hackers have found a way to take control of people’s computers through their router, and have been for years.

Experts claim that it could infect some Asus, Cisco, DrayTek, and Netgear routers.

A number of household routers could be vulnerable

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A number of household routers could be vulnerablePhoto credit: Getty

Lumen Technologies believe it “has been living undetected on the fringes of targeted networks for years”.

And they suspect, because of the complexity and scope, that a nation state is behind it.

Attacks on wireless routers are nothing new.

But the use of two specific techniques in this campaign suggests that the hackers have a “high level of sophistication” behind it.

And with so many people regularly working from home post-Covid-19, experts have even more cause for concern.

The malware – dubbed ZuoRAT – is able to attack routers before stealing network information that allows hackers to access Windows, macOS and Linux machines.

In total, four pieces of malware are involved.

Researchers warn that the people behind it have deliberately made it complicated to hide what they are up to.

But luckily there is a way to avoid becoming a victim if you haven’t already contracted it.

“Users should follow best practices of regularly rebooting routers and installing security updates and patches,” experts recommend.

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“The rapid shift to remote working in spring 2020 presented a new opportunity for threat actors to subvert traditional defense-in-depth protections by targeting the weakest points of the new network perimeter — devices routinely purchased by consumers but rarely monitored or patched — routers for small office/home office (SOHO).

“Actors can leverage SOHO router access to maintain a low-detection presence on the target network and exploit sensitive information passing through the local area network (LAN).”

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