ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business, is offering a new program under which manufacturers can have broadband home routers certified resistant against hacking.

The program, Broadband Home Router Certification, evaluates a router's effectiveness in identifying safe versus harmful data, and denying access to malicious data.

The company claims hackers are increasingly targeting home routers as a means of gaining access to sensitive personal data.

"While attacks targeted at routers are not a new threat, we are seeing an increase in attacks against home routers," said Brian Monkman, technology programs manager, ICSA Labs. "The threat is exacerbated by the fact that these routers are designed to be plug-and-play. Usually, a consumer buys a home router and configures it quickly and easily, while assuming the router has the appropriate security safeguards in place, which unfortunately is not always the case."

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