Attack Steals Bank Passwords by Hijacking 180,000 Internet Routers in Brazil

The targets of the attack detected by Avast are domestic routers. Hackers are redirecting access for three purposes: password theft, diversion of advertising, and insertion of a cryptocurrency mining code.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Antivirus manufacturer Avast has published an alert for two attacks tampering with Internet router settings in Brazil. The change -- made to at least 180,000 devices in the first half of 2019 alone -- diverts access to certain sites to cloned pages, which then forwards any password entered to hackers.

Redirecting changes the destination of banking services and advertising material, as well as sending a Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?