Hackers have exploited an eight-month-old flaw in Asus routers, giving anyone access to data stored on drives connected directly through the USB port on the back. Some affected users have found text files on their connected drives informing them they’ve been hacked, with instructions on how to protect themselves.
“This is an automated message being sent out to everyone effected [sic]. Your Asus router (and your documents) can be accessed by anyone in the world with an Internet connection,” the message reads. Finding this message on their connected drive has alarmed some users, who believed that the drive was only accessible through their local network.