Head’s up: There’s a new malware that can brick your Wi-Fi router
May 29, 2018

Experts are recommending that you reboot your router immediately.

The FBI has issued a warning telling everyone with a Wi-Fi router in a home or small office setting to reboot their routers as soon as possible. A global botnet is currently online that could potentially infect and brick your existing devices.

The group responsible for the malware goes by the name of the ‘Sofacy Group’. The group is already known since 2007 and was responsible for targeting government, military and security organizations.

The botnet, which is being referred to as ‘VPNFilter’, targets SOHO (home and office) routers and NAS devices. VPNFilter has various levels of capabilities but is said to be cleared when you do a complete reboot of your router.

“Owners of SOHO and NAS devices that may be infected should reboot their devices as soon as possible,  temporarily eliminating the second stage malware and causing the first stage malware on their device to call out for instructions.  Although devices will remain vulnerable to reinfection with the second stage malware while connected to the Internet, these efforts maximize opportunities to identify and remediate the infection worldwide in the time available before Sofacy actors learn of the vulnerability in their command-and-control infrastructure,” the FBI said in a statement.

About 500,000 devices could be infected that includes routers from Netgear, Linksys, and TP-Link and was already detected in more than 54 countries.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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