Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Federal Bureau of Investigation alerts consumers to restart router over hacking concerns

Elsie Buchanan | 29 May, 2018, 16:20

The FBI recommends that people reboot their routers to "temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices".

The FBI recently put out a public service announcement saying "the malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation and blocking network traffic". According to investigators, the VPNFilter malware was created by the same Russian-linked hackers who infiltrated the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections.

They don't know where the malware started and don't know how many routers might be affected, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation says the number is significant.

The malware is capable of collecting traffic sent through infected routers, such as website credentials. Compromised devices, however, remain infected.

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The FBI has reminded the world it wants us to reboot our routers to try and help it identify VPNFilter-affected routers.

The country also blamed Russian Federation for last June's NotPetya attacks that mostly affected Ukraine organizations but also spread within multinational corporations with offices in Ukraine.

To protect yourself you should reboot the router. Those who are using remote management settings on mobile devices are advised to disable them. Upgrading the router's firmware and changing the password will also help secure your device.

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