WASHINGTON DC – Researchers from Recorded Future, a threat intelligence company, say they found a cache of sensitive military documents for sale on the dark web, including details on the US Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper drones, as well as training courses on tanks, survival and improvised explosive devices.
A hacker had stolen the secret files by taking advantage of a router vulnerability known about since 2016, according to Recorded Future. The Air Force didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Cybercriminals often cast a wide net across the web looking for any opening they can find. Routers can be an entry point if people fail to keep up with security updates.
In June, the FBI asked that people reboot their routers after Russian hackers infected over 500,000 of the devices in 54 countries. Routers are also prized targets because they allow access to web activity, passwords and, potentially, top secret documents.
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