PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Officials are warning that hackers from the Russian government are targeting an electronic item found in millions of homes and businesses across the United States.

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russia hackers targeting us routers Officials Warn Russian Hackers Targeting US Routers

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Russian spies are reportedly trying to hack into routers.

They’re the devices that allow communication between the internet and your computer and other connected devices.

Access to a router can allow hackers to get personal information, financial data, and passwords from users, as well as infiltrate internet service providers.

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Security experts also say hacked routers can be used as weapons to carry out attacks on other computers.

Comments (13)
  1. Wife and I watched the dog show a few months ago. The Borzoi won the hound group, this dog is also known as the Russian Wolfhound. There can only be one explanation, those sneaky Russians hacked the dog show.
    Actually there was a story several years ago about fake Cisco routers coming from China with extra chips inside.

  2. Jukka Kautto says:

    Not a single thought about our Big Buzz of spying on you and to delivering all the data to NSA.It is just those”dirty Russians”.

  3. Russians are trying to hack our routers? No shucking fit. Next you’ll be telling me illegals are pouring in across the border aided by liberals who need votes….oh wait….that isn’t one you’ll ever admit to.

  4. My router is under attack daily from sites in China. At times, it is difficult to access the Internet. The attacks are not constant, but at 10 to 12 second intervals. I have to reboot the router and/or my computer frequently to get relief. I have not been able to get a new IP address although that may not help if it is part of a scan of a range of addresses.

  5. There is obviously a concerted effort to blame everything on Russia, and turn the US people against Russia. The real question the news should be asking is what exactly is the US Government getting us ready for, if not a nuclear confrontation. Do you think it’s a coincidence they show US troops in Poland during the Super Bowl, or they blame everything on Russia?

    God help us, because our journalists and reporters are doing nothing but carrying water for those who desire to see death and destruction.

  6. nevermind about that NSA snooping…

  7. I dare them to get into my router. It’s a VPN router with an impenetrable firewall. And I never do online banking or financials with it off. And of course, my passwords are not stored in my computer or router…and I use two-factor RSA authentication….everyone should. No excuses in this day and age. I always check my IP address before and after a banking/financial transaction…if the VPN’s IP drops (rare with IKEv2/IPsec on Linux), I know it right away and delay the transaction. For serious, large transactions, I use a double VPN. Check ot NordVPN’s double VPN. Everyone should use a VPN. EVERYONE!

  8. Yawn why would they care? Everyone is hacking every device all over the internet by the way.

  9. Are we talking core routers+edge, or business/residential gateways? This has to be one of the sloppiest, half-baked articles I’ve ever seen. Are these brute force attacks or an exploit to be patched? This author needed serious help on this – its a ridiculously written pos

  10. John Iler says:

    I don’t know what’s happened to journalism since I graduated in Communications and Journalism. Thousands of articles like this have been written, completely ignoring the basic Who, What, Why, Where, When and How!

    This story leaves readers begging the questions of how are the Russians doing it? How are they breaking through router firewalls and getting the passwords? I know that breaking into wireless routers is fairly easy. And many wireless routers come with passwords built in to individual routers like “GoofyDuck919,” which is a decent code and easy to remember. So how do the Russians get into the routers? The story doesn’t say. Are they breaking into wireless routers by easy proximity or do they hang out at Starbucks and break into computers using public wireless?

    Again, the author doesn’t say.

    If I were a journalism professor, and some kid handed me this story, I wouldn’t even try to edit it. I’d give it back and tell him/her to fill in the gaps. It wouldn’t get a passing grade.

    Sadly, this isn’t unusual. Journalism in 2018 is sloppy, incomplete and lopsided. Whatever happened to editors?

  11. rioosodog says:

    Wow….. that was a shocker…….20 years ago!

  12. You would be surprised how many people have older routers that had the default setup using the word “admin” as both username and password to log into the router and access the entire setup. Most people, unaware of the danger, never changed the username or password. This makes it super easy to “hack” the router. It’s only recently that routers have complex passwords which does make it a lot tougher to hack.

    On top of that, they also changed the routers to allow access to admin setup via wireless instead of having to be connected via cable directly. While a hacker has to be close enough to the router, he can simply park in the street in front of the house and access it as long as he gets a strong enough signal. Once in the router, he can pretty much do whatever he wants.

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