Router Malware Worse Than Experts Realize

F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

In May, security experts discovered one of the most widespread malware infections in history. The FBI is now warning that things are worse than initially anticipated. The VPNFilter malware poses a threat to small businesses and requires immediate attention.

VPNFilter recap

Cisco’s Talon security researchers released a report that malware had been discovered on many, many routers and network devices. Originally, researchers believed it affected only other brand’s devices.

Like a lot of other malicious code, VPNFilter infects devices that use default login credentials. However, it’s a lot more malicious than standard code because it can damage hardware and change software settings.

As if destroying a half a million routers wasn’t bad enough, VPNFilter lets its originators spy on networks and intercept valuable information.

What’s new

Just two weeks after VPNFilter was discovered, security experts announced that it targets thousands of additional routers manufactured by ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE. VPNFilter can alter data passing through infected routers. That means when you enter a username and password into a banking website, hackers could steal that information and show you an incorrect account balance to hide fraudulent deductions.

How to stop VPNFilter

Rebooting a router won’t remove the malware, you need to factory-reset the device. The methods to do this vary between particular routers, but usually you just hold the reset button for approximately 10 seconds. If that doesn’t do the trick, contact us!

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