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FBI urging Americans to reboot routers to protect against Russian malware

May 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
FBI urging Americans to reboot routers to protect against Russian malware

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FBI officials earlier this week issued an important warning, urging all U.S. citizens to immediately reboot any router they may have in their homes to protect against Russian malware.

In a rare Public Service Announcement, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center revealed: “Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.”

According to Popular Mechanics, the feds warned that hackers are utilizing VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers.

“VPNFilter is able to render small office and home office routers inoperable, the malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router. Detection and analysis of the malware’s network activity are complicated by its use of encryption,” the FBI said.

Additionally, federal officials urged “any owner of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices.”

Moreover, the FBI also recommends disabling remote management settings on devices, use encryption, upgrade firmer and apply the safest practice of using different passwords to protect against cybercriminals.

Authorities said taking such measures would help the US government destroy the malware before the Russian hacking group known as Sofacy, could increase the malware’s defenses.

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