CIA has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years2017-06-19 10:15 by Daniela
Tags: Wikileaks, CIA, router
According to new documents published by WikiLeaks, the CIA has been monitoring internet traffic of users by hacking their home routers.
The hacking software, known as CherryBlossom, is designed to allow CIA agents to replace the firmware of a wireless router with custom code that allows them to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices remotely. WikiLeaks alleges that the agency can tamper with routers before they arrive in a customer's hands.
Home routers from 10 manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, Dell, Motorola and Belkin are affected. Some are consumer models, while others are designed for commercial installations like coffee shops and airports. Once a router is compromised, its communications to and from the CIA's control server are encrypted and disguised to prevent detection.
Routers remain a prime target for intelligence agencies and hackers alike because of they act as a central port of call for an entire network. What makes routers such an attractive target is that they are more often than not riddled with security flaws that make exploitation easy.
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