Reboot your routers to prevent Russian hacking

Dwayne Harmon
May 29, 2018

The malware is able to perform a number of functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic.

The FBI is asking everyone to do a reboot of their routers because it should destroy part of the malware.

The malware could potentially block web traffic, and collect information that goes through those routers. The US government has advised owners of home and small business routers to restart them to neuter a particularly nasty strain of Russian malware that has exploited hundreds of thousands of devices.

Devices infected by VPNFilter include routers from makers like Cisco/Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR, and TP-Link.

Rebooting a router clears the "advanced" stages of VPNFilter from a device, but the first stage remains in place. Hackers are using the devices as a way to get into networks and see data.

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The bureau announced on Friday that the VPNFilter malware is targeting small office and home office routers.

According to reports by Cisco's Talos Intelligence, at least 500,000 routers in 54 countries were targeted by the malware, which is called VPNFilter. The most affected country is Ukraine, which recently has been the battleground for many such attacks originating from Russian Federation.

The FBI is urging you to reboot your internet router. As an additional security measure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests you update your router's firmware and set a new password.

Users should update network devices to the latest versions of firmware to prevent further malware attacks.

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