Reboot routers to stop malware attack

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Rebooting the routers should temporarily disrupt the malware and help identify infected devices.

They say Russian hackers have compromised hundreds of thousands of private home devices in an effort to get into networks and see data. Most devices in homes and businesses come equipped with default credentials which are easily stolen by hackers.

Talos noted that the malware was trying to target machines in the Ukraine, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation attributed the attacks to the group known as "Sofacy" or "Fancy Bear". QNAP storage devices are also known to be affected.

The bureau posted an alert on Friday, warning Americans that "foreign cyber actors" have launched a worldwide attempt to breach small home and office routers and other networked devices.

A reboot should also destroy part of the malware. The FBI is strongly urging any small office/home office users with those devices to reboot, but many websites a suggest that even if your router isn't on that list, it would be a good idea to reboot anyway. The FBI also recommends you upgrade your firmware, change your network password, and disable any remote-management systems to decrease the chances of the malware infiltrating your system.

The Justice Department said the FBI-controlled server to which infected devices are now communicating with will collect the IP addresses of each device. "There is no indication at present that the exploit of zero-day vulnerabilities is involved in spreading the threat", wrote Symantec researchers.

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