Federal Bureau of Investigation warns of cyber threat targeting small businesses, reboot your router

Federal Bureau of Investigation warns of cyber threat targeting small businesses, reboot your router

Federal Bureau of Investigation warns of cyber threat targeting small businesses, reboot your router

The malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking web and network traffic.

Officials say VPNFilter is able to renter routers inoperable, and can potentially collect information passing through the router.

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.

Cisco's Talos Intelligence researchers revealed in a report last week that 500,000 routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link had been infected with VPNFilter.

The FBI recommends that people reboot their routers to "temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices". Most devices in homes and businesses come equipped with default credentials which are easily stolen by hackers. Officials say by turning it off and back on, it resets in a way that allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify the exact devices that have been infected. Because the Justice Department recently obtained a court order allowing it to take possession of a key domain name used by the malware to remotely take control of routers.

The attack is said to be from some Russian actors and devices in more than 50 countries have been affected by it. So protecting your computer against further intrusion is as simple as rebooting your router. Users are also advised to upgrade the device's firmware and to select a new secure password.

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