Federal Bureau of Investigation urging Americans to reset internet routers citing Russian hackers

Federal Bureau of Investigation urging Americans to reset internet routers citing Russian hackers

Federal Bureau of Investigation urging Americans to reset internet routers citing Russian hackers

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Users with infected routers can remove the risky Stage 2 and Stage 3 components of VPNFilter by rebooting the device. The FBI also recommends you upgrade your firmware, change your network password, and disable any remote-management systems to decrease the chances of the malware infiltrating your system.

The F.B.I. has issued a warning, asking the owners of hundreds of thousands of Internet routers to reboot the device to prevent Russian malware.

The FBI is urging small businesses and households to immediately reboot routers following Cisco's report that 500,000 infected devices could be destroyed with a single command.

The feds say Russian hackers may have infected it with malware.

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A group of foreign actors used VPNFilter malware, which can stop routers from operating altogether and can possibly collect information passing through them.

The size and scope of the infrastructure impacted by VPNFilter malware is significant.

If left unattended, the malware has the potential to render routers completely inoperable.

It could also give hackers access to personal information or even disable the router.

TP-Link said VPNFilter only affected its TP-R600VPN router, and linked users to firmware and security instructions. Rebooting is only a temporary solution, so owners of the affected routers should start looking for a more modern replacement.

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