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ROUTERS, BOTH THE big corporate kind and the small one gathering dust in the corner of your home, have long made an attractive target for hackers. They’re always on and connected, often full of unpatched security vulnerabilities, and offer a convenient chokepoint for eavesdropping on all the data you pipe out to the internet. Now security researchers have found a broad, apparently state-sponsored hacking operation that goes a step further, using hacked routers as a foothold to drop highly sophisticated spyware even deeper inside a network, onto the computers that connect to those compromised internet access points.

Researchers at security firm Kaspersky on Friday revealed a long-running hacking campaign, which they call “Slingshot,” that they believe planted spyware on more than a hundred targets in 11 countries, mostly in Kenya and Yemen. The hackers gained access to the deepest level of victim computers’ operating system, known as the kernel, taking full control of target machines. And while Kaspersky’s researchers haven’t yet determined how the spyware initially infected the majority of those targets, in some cases the malicious code had been installed via small-business-grade routers sold by the Latvian firm MikroTik, which the Slingshot hackers had compromised.

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