Reboot Your Internet Router

Reboot Your Internet Router

Reboot Your Internet Router

The malware is able to monitor local traffic on the routers and even wipe the routers to cut off users from the Internet, according to Fortune.

The FBI is warning everyone with a wireless router to reboot it immediately in order to disrupt a malware program infecting hundreds of thousands of routers.

According to Cisco Talos' analysis, all of the devices impacted by VPNFilter have known public vulnerabilities. QNAP storage devices are also known to be affected.

Talos, in its blog post Wednesday, said that the computer code used in the malware shows significant overlap with a malware that was responsible for multiple large-scale attacks that targeted devices in Ukraine. "If someone has access to your network they are going to see any information that you are passing through", he explains. Security firms have published lists of affected routers, but this should by no means be considered a comprehensive collection.

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The U.S. government says it has seized a critical web domain, called toknowall.com, which the Russian hackers were using to disseminate the malware. Additionally, they recommend backing up any configuration details or credentials stored on the router because they'll be wiped clean by the reset. Write down the names of and passwords for your wireless networks.

Your internet router might be spying on you. If you can, make sure the devices are operating the most up-to-date version of the firmware.

The agency has already pinpointed how the hackers got into the routers and now they want everyone to do a reboot. You should also have an Ethernet cable; there's usually one in the retail box with the router. The instructions are fairly simple: switch your router off, then turn it back on. One step that was not mentioned is the fact that the only way to truly remove VPNFilter is to reset the router to factory defaults.

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