FBI Issues Warning: Power Down and Reboot Your Home and Office Routers

There you are sitting at home or at work and your internet router is under attack from those dastardly Russians. The FBI issued a warning that you better power down and reboot your home office router. It is an attack on routers that is going on worldwide. For most of us, rebooting a home router is not that big of a deal. You pull the power plug and count to ten, then plug it back up. The TV and internet are down a couple of minutes and then back to normal. You then just wait to see if you are one of the lucky or unlucky ones. 

As Written and Reported By Kyle Perisic for the Daily Caller:

The FBI issued a warning Friday to Americans with internet routers in their homes or offices to reboot their routers immediately after the agency discover hundreds of thousands of routers had been compromised by foreign actors.

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“The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices,” the warning said. “Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.”

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“The size and scope of the infrastructure impacted by VPNFilter malware is significant,” the agency said. More than 500,000 routers have been infected, The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday.

VPNFilter is malware intended for internet routers that can steal data and has a “kill switch” designed to destroy the infected router on command and “render small office and home office routers inoperable.” The FBI says that the “initial infection vector for this malware is currently unknown.”

The FBI added that “actors used VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers” and that “the malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and ….


FBI: Reboot Your Internet Router | The Daily Caller


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