Routers Infected With Malware By Russian Hackers
As much as 500 thousand routers have been infected with malware. This was reported to be done by Russian hackers. According to security experts, these hackers are believed to be supported by the Russian government. This has been traced back to a group said to have interfered with the recent U.S. elections.
The Malware Which Infected The Router
The malware is known as the “VPNFilter”. It can monitor and extract all of the internet traffic passing through the infected routers. The routers can also be switched-off remotely in a mass cyber attack.
The infections were discovered as part of an ongoing investigation be security companies Talos and Symantec. The group of hackers is said to be the same group which was responsible for the interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. A domain and a server located in Russia were seized by the FBI. These are said to be linked to the attack.
The Hackers Responsible For The Attack
The news that the attack is believed to have originated in Russia affects the ongoing US-Russian relations.
The server the FBI seized is still receiving data from infected routers. But according to them, it can only view the IP addresses of infected routers.
The security company, Talos, which is investigating the incident said there are still a lot of “unknowns” regarding the attack. The severity of the situation made them publish details early.
Advice To The Public On What To Do
To stay safe and not have your routers infected by malware, the public is advised by experts to remember the following:
– Guard your devices against the VPNFilter malware. Use a good anti-malware program to protect all your devices.
– What to do if your router is infected: Get a new router. This is the fastest and easiest way to get rid of the malware.
– Choose a VPN which you fully trust. Although the malware infection was done via VPN, this does not mean yu should put off using VPN services. A good VPN is perfectly legal and secure. So take extra care in choosing one.
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