Federal Bureau of Investigation urges public to reboot home routers amid malware attack

Federal Bureau of Investigation urges public to reboot home routers amid malware attack

Federal Bureau of Investigation urges public to reboot home routers amid malware attack

The encrypted malware has the potential to disrupt the router's functions and collect private information passing through the hardware.

The FBI is urging those with small offices and home offices to reboot their routers after "foreign actors" infected thousands of routers with malware.

Cisco Systems Inc said the hackers targeted at least 500,000 devices from Belkin International's Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear Inc, TP-Link, and QNAP.

Anyone with a small or home office router is asked to reboot the device as a preventative measure. Rebooting will disable the malware only temporarily, but that's OK: The bureau has seized a key web domain connected with the attack and will be able to detect the IP address of routers that hackers are attempting to re-infect. Compromised devices, however, remain infected.

"The malware targets routers produced by several manufacturers and network-attached storage devices by at least one manufacturer", the alert said. Most devices in homes and businesses come equipped with default credentials which are easily stolen by hackers.

The attack is said to be from some Russian actors and devices in more than 50 countries have been affected by it. So protecting your computer against further intrusion is as simple as rebooting your router.

"Owners are advised to consider disabling remote-management settings on devices and secure with strong passwords and encryption when enabled".

Make sure your router and any other network devices you are using are updated to the latest firmware.

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