Internet outage blamed on botched botnet hack in Germany

An attempt to hack the routers of Deutsche Telekom (DT) subscribers left around 900,000 customers without Internet access this weekend, CNET reported.

DT said there was a global attack on maintenance interfaces, which was confirmed by the Federal Office for Information Security.

“The attack attempted to infect routers with a malware, but failed, which caused crashes or restrictions for 4-5% of all routers,” said DT.

Its network was not affected, it added.

“We implemented a series of filter measures to our network. There was no permanent infection with malware.”

The telecommunications provider said it developed a patch with the router manufacturers to fix affected devices.

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Internet outage blamed on botched botnet hack in Germany