A nice weekend of disconnect for many of us was ruined by an urgent bulletin from the FBI. Over 500,000 routers have already been infected with Russian malware. The malware seems to be aimed at hardware used in small businesses and home networks. The official list of infected devices includes NETGEAR, Linksys, and Mikrotiik routers, but even if your wireless router isn’t listed, we recommend following the FBI’s steps anyway. It’s always better to be safe, and the list of infected routers will only grow as more information becomes available.
As for the steps you need to take, it’s simple. UNPLUG YOUR ROUTER. Leave it unplugged for about 30 seconds, and then plug it back in. This will stop the malware. Once your network is back up, the FBI is recommending that everyone check for firmware updates on their router, and change their WIFI password. Those who haven’t done these things since purchasing their routers are at even higher risk in the future, so take the extra five minutes to complete these steps if you haven’t already.
An extended disconnect during lunch break? The FBI says unplug your router ASAP. (Source: FBI)
VPNFilter is believed to be used by hackers to collect any data that runs through the router, and can potentially block all access to the web. The encryption used by the malware is making it difficult for the FBI to analyze, but experts believe more information will come to light soon.
For now, no matter what brand your router is, UNPLUG YOUR ROUTER. In your home, at the office, everywhere you access the internet. Give it 30 seconds, plug it back in, and if you’re an administrator of the network, update the password and check for firmware updates. The whole process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re safe from VPNFilter. As always, stay vigilant!
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