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A self-replicating computer programme which is putting broadband routers at risk has been identified.

The worm is known as Psyb0t and has already caught the attention of numerous computer news websites.

According to computer blog DroneBL, which has been affected by the worm, users with weak password and usernames could be caught out, as well as those with "SSH or web-based interfaces available to the WAN".

"The worm itself goes straight for the router and attempts to gain access using a combination of bruteforce username/password attempts, harvested usernames and passwords through deep packet inspection," explained ISPreview.

It is thought that the worm is presently active in as many as 100,000 broadband routers.

The Botnet is thought to have been controlled for the time being, with DroneBL claiming to have shut it down last weekend.

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