Recently, researchers at Talos—a cyber intelligence unit of Cisco—warned consumers of malware (malicious software) that specifically targets networking devices. The malware, which is known as VPNFilter, impacts an estimated 500,000 routers worldwide, particularly targeting devices from the following manufacturers:
Once on your equipment, the malware could stop your router from working, collect information from any systems that run through it and even block network traffic. Experts are concerned over the scope of the attack, as anyone owning a router from the affected manufacturers could be at risk, including businesses and individuals.
Agencies like the FBI have also expressed concern over VPNFilter, as this particular brand of malware can be used in espionage attacks on military, security and other government organizations.
Unfortunately, there’s no simple way to tell if your router is infected. To protect yourself, it is recommended that you:
For help performing any of the above steps, contact your router manufacturer or click the links provided in this News Brief.
*The above information is general in nature and should not be construed as professional advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.