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Attackers Using New Exploit Kit to Hijack Home & Small Office Routers

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Attackers Using New Exploit Kit to Hijack Home & Small Office RoutersGoal is to steal banking credentials by redirecting users to phishing sites.

Small and home office routers are becoming major targets for criminals seeking to steal banking and other online account credentials belonging to Internet users.

The latest indication of the trend is "Novidade," a dangerous new exploit kit that multiple attack groups appear to be using to target routers belonging to millions of users in Brazil and, to a lesser extent, other parts of the world.

The malware is being used to change Domain Name Service (DNS) settings on routers so all traffic through them is hijacked and routed to a malicious server. When users of Novidade-infected routers attempt to access certain target banks, for instance, their traffic is redirected to cloned versions of the login pages of the bank they are trying to access.

Security vendor Trend Micro has been tracking the threat for some time and estimates...(continued)

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