"The upcoming Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas offers
an annual parade of security researchers revealing new ways to
break various elements of the Internet. But few of the talks have
titles quite as alarming as one on this year's schedule: "How to
Hack Millions of Routers."
"Craig Heffner, a researcher with Maryland-based security
consultancy Seismic, plans to release a software tool at the
conference later this month that he says could be used on about
half the existing models of home routers, including most Linksys,
Dell, and Verizon Fios or DSL versions. Users who connect to the
Internet through those devices and are tricked into visiting a page
that an attacker has set up with Heffner's exploit could have their
router hijacked and used to steal information or redirect the
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