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Deutsche Telekom 'hack' affects nearly a million customers

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Deutsche Telekom 'hack' affects nearly a million customers

<p>Hundreds of thousands of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany had their broadband service cut off following a hack-attack on its hardware.</p> <p>At one point as many as 900,000 people suffered internet outages. That number fell to 400,000 as security measures were implemented.</p> <p>The head of the company’s IT security is said the incident appeared to be tied to a botched attempt to infect customers’ routers with a new version of the <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/3145449/security/upgraded-mirai-botnet-disrupts-deutsche-telekom-by-infecting-routers.html">malicious software known as Mirai</a>. </p> <p>The company, which has 20 million customers in Germany, has issued a software update and is asking affected customers to disconnect their routers.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Router?src=hash">#Router</a> Hack: Deutsche <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Telekom?src=hash">#Telekom</a> Network <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Outages?src=hash">#Outages</a> Affects 900000 Customers <a href="https://t.co/zsOVMMt90Y">https://t.co/zsOVMMt90Y</a> <a href="https://t.co/QDY1luH6UU">pic.twitter.com/QDY1luH6UU</a></p>— newsAnglr Tech (@techanglr) <a href="https://twitter.com/techanglr/status/803455959532208129">November 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>