Yes, its true, The FBI asked the American Public to reboot our routers. Did you? Older SOHO routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, QNAP and TP-Link. (For a full list click here.) were susceptible to VPNFilter, which is malware which can eavesdrop on traffic passing through the router.
VPNFilter is believed to be the dirty work of a government. More than 500,000 routers in at least 54 countries have been infected since 2016.
Who is Behind the Attack
The Russians….surprised? The FBI suggested the Russian government produced the malware because a piece of the code is identical to one found in another piece of malware, called BlackEnergy.
Who is Trying to Protect Us?
Cisco and Symantec have been working with the FBI for several years as they have been tracking the malware.
What You Should Do
Digital Living and the FBI recommends either upgrading your older router to a newer version, or resetting you older router to its factory settings. You should then .pgade your routers firmware to the latest version. If you have an integrated router, contact your ISP and ask them to manually do this for you.
Go Pro With a UTM
Digital Living also recommends using a UTM (Unified Threat Management) device to protect, in real-time, virus and malware threats to all your devices, including your iOT devices. Digital Living is a Smart Home integrator that integrates today’s latest technologies and our first concern is protection for iOT devices on our networks
More About the FBI Reboot Request
#ICYMI; #FBI recommends to reboot your home router to help owners of home & small office routers protect themselves against a worldwide malware threat. https://t.co/ItRqPvO9xY pic.twitter.com/GyFkXRyf6C
— FBI (@FBI) June 3, 2018