Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

Enlarge / A Linksys WRVS4400N, one of more than a dozen network devices targeted by VPNFilter. (credit: Linksys)

Hackers, possibly working for an advanced nation, have infected more than 500,000 home and small-office routers around the world with malware that can be used to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command, researchers at Cisco warned Wednesday.

VPNFilter—as the modular, multi-stage malware has been...

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