The FBI just issued a warning over the holiday weekend that you need to reboot your router now, and here’s why. Their public service announcement states that foreign hackers have created and spread malware to hundreds of thousands of peoples’ routers in the United States.
“The Department of Justice is committed to disrupting, not just watching, national security cyber threats using every tool at our disposal, and today’s effort is another example of our commitment to do that,” Assistant Attorney General Demers said in their announcement.
“This operation is the first step in the disruption of a botnet that provides the Sofacy actors with an array of capabilities that could be used for a variety of malicious purposes, including intelligence gathering, theft of valuable information, destructive or disruptive attacks, and the misattribution of such activities.”
It’s a highly sophisticated attack, but it’s easy to help combat with a simple trick. Simply turn your router off and back on. That’s it. Additionally, the FBI is recommending that you completely reset your router when you do have the time.
Linksys,TP-Link, MikroTik, Netgear, and QNAP are the top router brands known to have been infected, but regardless of whether or not you own one of them you should reboot your router now.
“The FBI will not allow malicious cyber actors, regardless of whether they are state-sponsored, to operate freely,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Johnson mentioned in their announcement.
“These hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities and putting every American’s privacy and network security at risk. Although there is still much to be learned about how this particular threat initially compromises infected routers and other devices, we encourage citizens and businesses to keep their network equipment updated and to change default passwords.”
So, make sure when you get home today you follow the steps the FBI has outlined so you can prevent this malware attack from happening to you!