The Hackers’ New Weapons: Routers and Printers
Home and office routers and printers are being hijacked by criminals to help them overwhelm websites with traffic.
Attacks that take down websites by flooding them with traffic have been popular among computer criminals for years. Traditionally, such assaults are launched using PCs infected with malware. But two security companies say they have seen the emergence of a worrying new tactic: home routers, Internet-connected printers, and even webcams being used to knock targeted sites offline.