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Federal Bureau of Investigation urges internet users to reboot home routers

29 May, 2018, 21:07 | Author: Sara Gill
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The FBI said malware capable of shutting down web traffic and collecting private information can come through internet routers.

The FBI is recommending any owner of small office and home office routers immediately power cycle (reboot) the devices. Most devices in homes and businesses come equipped with default credentials which are easily stolen by hackers.

The FBI says hundreds of thousands of routers have been infected, adding the malware is able to collect personal information and even disable your network connection.


Rebooting a router clears the "advanced" stages of VPNFilter from a device, but the first stage remains in place. QNAP storage devices are also known to be affected.

The FBI said the size and scope of the infrastructure impacted by VPNFilter malware is significant though how it started is yet to be found. The most affected country is Ukraine, which recently has been the battleground for many such attacks originating from Russian Federation.

The FBI said it would gather the IP addresses of infected devices, and pass those to the Shadowserver Foundation to disseminate among ISPs and non-US CERTs. That simple action will reboot the system and disrupt any malware being sent to the router, according to internet security experts. "Network devices should be upgraded to the latest available versions of firmware". If any remote-management settings are in place, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests disabling them. "There is no indication at present that the exploit of zero-day vulnerabilities is involved in spreading the threat", wrote Symantec researchers.

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