A number of high profile communications businesses – including TalkTalk, Post Office and Deutsche Telekom – have recently suffered malware attacks on their routers, severing their customers’ internet connections.
The unknown attackers used the Mirai worm, which is spread via hijacked computers and IoT devices and causes damage to equipment powered by Linux-based operating systems. Mirai was also involved in an earlier attack this year that rendered several of the world’s leading websites inaccessible – including Spotify, Twitter and Reddit.
While all of the affected businesses are taking remedial action, researchers believe that this form of attack could easily spread through routers into other home devices.
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