Security researchers have uncovered a network of hijacked home routers.
The network is said to involve more than 30,000 routers in homes and small businesses, which have been taken over through loopholes in their core software.
Once the routers were taken over, the attackers altered the internal instructions. It is unclear however what the people behind the attack intend to do with the collection of routers.
Team researcher Steve Santorelli said: "It's a definite evolution in technology - going after the internet gateway, not the end machine.
"We see these leaps in concepts every few years in cybercrime."
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