What If Your Firewall Spams You?

CNET is reporting that Belkin routers (typically used in home and small offices as firewall and Internet connection sharing devices) periodically hijack users’ Web connection and display an advertisement for parental control software.

Every eight hours, a random computer that’s hooked up to a local area network may receive an unsolicited advertisement for a trial version of parental control software, instead of the Web page the person had hoped to visit. The behavior can be permanently disabled, but it is turned on by default in new Belkin routers when they are shipped.

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