Just when you thought it was safe to become a home worker…comes news from the world of IT security that millions of routers used in homes could be hacked and hijacked!

There’s a flaw that is common to many of them which has recently been exposed by Craig Heffner, a researcher at security consultancy Seismic.

It affects kit from Linksys Belkin and Dell, among others and initially involves luring a surfer into visiting a website containing malicious code.

What happens next is a bit complex but stick with us. According to reports: “The new malicious code uses a ‘Jedi-mind trick’ to circumvent the same-origin policy, thereby allowing JavaScript-based malware to penetrate private home networks supported by vulnerable hardware.” Hmm. Easy for you to say.

OK it’s a complex attack approach but it involves either exploiting vulnerable routers or taking advantage of weak (default) hardware passwords. And what it means is that without taking decent precautions your router could be a weak point in your security. Many consumer routers can be exploited via a process known as DNS rebinding which allows hackers to gain interactive access to the router’s internal-facing administrative interface.

A full list of vulnerable networking kit can be found on Notebooks.com which also rather neatly features some sensible workarounds, such as downloading the latest firmware from manufacturers and using strong (hard to guess) passwords.