Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Reboot, reset your router immediately to prevent cyberattacks

FBI is asking everyone to reset their internet routers supposedly to stop a Russian malware attack Reboot, reset your router immediately to prevent cyberattacks
Russell Knight | 28 May, 2018, 04:39

In a public service announcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation it has discovered that the foreign cyber criminals used a VPNFilter malware that can collect peoples' information, exploit their devices and also block network traffic.

An infection known as VPNFilter has been detected in hundreds of thousands of routers in dozens of countries, and is believed to be in many more. The software reportedly targets consumer-level routers used in home and small offices, and is able to both monitor local traffic and even wipe the routers, destroying them and cutting users off from the internet.

"The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices", FBI officials warned.

Earlier, Cisco Systems Inc said the hacking campaign targeted devices from Belkin International's Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear Inc, TP-Link and QNAP.

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There are three stages to VPNFilter - a persistent stage 1 and non-persistent stages 2 and 3.Because of how the malware works, rebooting will clear out stages 2 and 3 and mitigate most problems. Disabling remote management settings and using strong passwords and encryption is also recommended. "Network devices should be upgraded to the latest available versions of firmware".

Federal officials and cyber security experts both warned Internet users to take steps to protect their home and office routers from an attack by a hacker group that has been linked to Russian Federation.

The FBI wants everyone in the world - including you - to reboot their routers in case they've been hacked by Russian cyber warriors. "The initial infection vector for this malware is now unknown".

Users reset routers and network-attached storage (NAS) devices to factory defaults and reboot them.

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