ALERT: FBI Tells Americans To Reboot Your WiFi Due To Attack From Fore

The FBI has issued a warning that foreign actors have infected home routers.

The FBI has issued a warning, telling Americans to reboot their home routers due to "foreign cyber actors" compromising hundreds of thousands of routers.

Your router is the device which provides WiFi to your home.

According to the FBI alert, the actors used VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers. The malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Russia is behind the mass infection, and that they appear to have been gearing up to use infected routers for a massive cyber attack against Ukraine.

The malware can also steal your personal information, such as passwords, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Cisco security researcher Craig Williams told the Wall Street Journal, “They’re clearly targeting Ukraine. The fact that we saw this being spun up so quickly is evidence that something is being planned.”

The FBI has said that rebooting your router will remove the infection from currently-infected routers.

If you are unsure how to reboot your router, simply unplug it for 10 seconds and then plug it back in. Your internet may go down for a couple of minutes while the router reboots.

There may be a reset button on your router which could remove all of your router settings if pressed. It's recommended that you don't press buttons on your router unless you know what you are doing.

In order to prevent future infection, the FBI recommends making sure you use a secure password, consider disabling remote management, and ensure that your router is properly updated to the latest firmware.

Please share this alert with your friends and family to let them know.

Comments (7)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Very important message. I suggest using TunnelBear VPN to secure your phone and all other WiFi devices. It's free but only for the first 500mb a month. $5 a month for unlimited use though.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Another pointer if you're looking to update all your passwords. LastPass is free to use, and you only have to remember one password to access your other passwords. The app is very secure and generates long, random passwords for you.

This is great for those that use one password for all their logins.

Rving
Rving

Not sure if I trust them given the latest corruption. This comes from the very people who are not to be trusted...

JBG1K
JBG1K

Packet analyzers ;)

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10 TunnelBear works for cell phones too. I suggest trying out the free version. And if you like it, it's worth it for $5 to protect every device you have