Restart your router now to stop Russian malware attack

Ransomware attacks global IT systems

Ransomware attacks global IT systems

The malware is capable of collecting personal information that passes through the infected routers, block web traffic and disable the devices.

The FBI said the size and scope of the attack is "significant", and added that the malware can attack routers produced by various manufacturers, as well as "network-attached storage devices by at least one manufacturer". Among the affected networking equipment it found during its research were devices from manufacturers including Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link. Most devices in homes and businesses come equipped with default credentials which are easily stolen by hackers. The attackers can selectively destroy a single device or wipe all infected devices at once.

The attack is said to be from some Russian actors and devices in more than 50 countries have been affected by it. The FBI is strongly urging any small office/home office users with those devices to reboot, but many websites a suggest that even if your router isn't on that list, it would be a good idea to reboot anyway. The most affected country is Ukraine, which recently has been the battleground for many such attacks originating from Russian Federation.

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It is not uncommon that you might need to reboot your router because of some error or bug, but it's not often that you need to reboot it in the name of national security.

According to experts, the simple action will reboot the system and disrupt any malware being sent to the router.

The FBI has already identified how the hackers got into the routers. As an additional security measure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests you update your router's firmware and set a new password.

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