Federal Bureau of Investigation to all router users: Reboot now to stop Russia-linked malware

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However, Stage 1 of VPNFilter will persist after a reboot, potentially allowing the attackers to reinfect the compromised routers. 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.

If, like millions of Americans, you have a router in your home or office, it might already be infected by Russian malware named VPNFilter. "Any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices". The malware is capable of collecting personal information that passes through the infected routers, block web traffic and disable the devices. If any remote-management settings are in place, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests disabling them.

Breaking the connection though, is basically what you need to do, and the FBI's action in seizing the server spreading the malware means that your routers won't be reinfected once you reboot.

Sofacy, also known as APT28 and Fancy Bear, has been blamed for numerous most dramatic Russian hacks, including that of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 US presidential campaign.

Law enforcement authorities are investigating a report that a malware system from Russian Federation infected routers in the U.S.

VPNFilter malware has a unique quality in that it can remain on an infected device even after a reboot.

TP-Link said VPNFilter only affected its TP-R600VPN router, and linked users to firmware and security instructions.

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