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

Ransomware attacks global IT systems

Ransomware attacks global IT systems

After it was reported that the VPNFilter botnet consisting of over 500,000 routers and NAS devices was taken over by the U.S. government, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an advisory stating that users should reboot their routers in order to disrupt the malware.

Hundreds of thousands have been infected with malware in the latest cyber threat.

The malware reportedly targets several manufacturers and network-attacked storage (NAS) devices by at least one manufacturer. That group, which is also known as APT 28 and Fancy Bear and believed to be directed by Russia's military intelligence agency, hacked the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 presidential election, according to USA and European intelligence agencies.

But there's a simple solution: turn it off, and turn it on again. Hackers wrote the program to target small office and home routers by companies such as LinkSys, Netgear, and TP-Link.

The malware can collect information, block network traffic and exploit devices in other ways.

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The FBI is urging Americans to reset their internet routers, warning that Russian hackers may have infected hundreds of thousands of the devices. Therefore, everyone should follow the below recommendations to harden and secure their routers regardless of the make and manufacturer.

Get more details about the malware and how you can protect your devices on Cisco's Talos blog.

Devices infected by VPNFilter include routers from makers like Cisco/Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR, and TP-Link. Most older routers lack an automatic firmware update mechanism, so they're usually full of security holes.

They also advise people to perhaps disable any remote management settings on their device, make sure their passwords are strong, and to activate any encryption software if available.

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