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Reset your home or office internet routers

Reset your home or office internet routers

Rebooting internet routers will "temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices", according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The malware, operated by the Sofacy Group, can collect data that passes through routers or render them inoperable altogether, officials said.

The FBI has several recommendations for any owner of a small office or home office router.

With that said, I do suggest that you follow these steps as its only a good thing to have your router running the latest firmware and the other steps only further protect your device.

"Foreign cyber actors have gotten into hundreds of thousands of wireless routers and they have the potential to obtain a person's information passing through so that is the real threat", Hudson explains.

According to reports by Cisco's Talos Intelligence, at least 500,000 routers in 54 countries were targeted by the malware, which is called VPNFilter.

The FBI says that rebooting a server will temporarily disable any malware planted in the device.

Consumers are also advised to select a new, secure password for their device and to consider disabling remote management settings on devices. Many security experts believe the group gets backing from Russian military intelligence (the GRU), or it may simply be part of Russian intelligence.

Cisco Talos listed the definitively affected routers as the Linksys E1200, E2500 and WRVS4400N; the Netgear DGN2200, R6400, R7000, R8000, WNR1000 and WNR2000; and the TP-Link TL-R600VPN SafeStream VPN router.

The best protection is to make sure the router's software has been updated and a strong password has been set. That way, you can set up the router again with the same information and all your devices will re-connect easily.

Unfortunately, there's no easy way to tell if your router has been compromised by hackers.


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