Federal Bureau of Investigation warns of Russian malware attack on 'thousands' of routers

Federal Bureau of Investigation warns of Russian malware attack on 'thousands' of routers

The FBI and Homeland Security are urging the owners of any small office or home office routers to reboot the devices to protect against a Russian malware attack.

The FBI's in its advisory said that some attackers have used a malware named VPNFilter to attack routers which makes them able to steal information and or even block internet services.

The FBI also suggests changing your router's password and updating the firmware. The simplest thing to do is reboot the device, which will temporarily disrupt the malware if it is present. The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router.

So, now, when you reboot your router, it throws a kink in their system, essentially destroying the part of the malware that allows hackers to spy on your activities.

VPNFilter has also been targeting devices in Ukraine, which Talos notes "isn't definitive by any means".

I'll be using my Netgear router to show you to disable your router's remote management feature, reboot your router, and install updates if they're available.

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The VPNFilter malware can effect routers that are made by Linksys, Mikrotik, and Netgear, Symantec said. Now, those attempts will be redirected to the FBI-controlled server, which will help identify infected devices.

Your internet router might be spying on you.

It's not often that you're given explicit instructions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning your internet habits, so paying attention to them is typically a good idea. The group is believed to be directed by Russia's military intelligence.

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to tell if your router has been compromised by VPNFilter, according to CNET.

As indicated above, create the wireless network or networks using the same network names and access passwords as before, so that your Wi-Fi-enabled devices can connect painlessly.

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