Hundreds of thousands of computer routers that connect U.S. homes and businesses to the internet may have been infected by malware placed by hackers, according to the FBI.
“Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide,” the FBI said in a warning released on Friday. The malware can do things like scoop up users’ personal data and cripple website service.
“They can spy on you,” Edward Stroz of risk management firm Stroz Friedberg – Aon and the former head of New York City’s FBI computer crime squad, said in an interview with CBS News’ John Schiumo. Such attacks can also disable a router, disrupting computer and internet service.