In a new development, FBI has issued a strong warning to everyone who has got a router in their home. The Internet Crime Complaint Center had sent a very rare Public Service Announcement in which it said that “Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.”
The FBI has warned about the hacking which might have occurred in the routers by the Russsian computer hackers. The hackers have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and now collecting data about the user or trying to shut down the network traffic. The US law enforcement agency has asked the owners of the routers to shut the network off and then turn it on again and download the updates from the manufactures to protect themselves from the hackers.
The warning comes after the court had ordered on Wednesday in which it allowed the FBI to seize the website that the hackers have planned to give the information to the routers. This step has cut off malicious communications but it still left the routers infected, and it warned to aimed at cleaning the machines.
According to the FBI, it said, “VPNFilter can render small office and home office routers inoperable. The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router. Detection and analysis of the malware’s network activity are complicated by its use of encryption.” They added by saying, “Any owner of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices.”
Cisco has shared the technical details of the investigations with the US and Ukrainian governments. The experts of Russia has conducted a series of attacks which is against the companies in the Ukraine which is more than a year, and it is armed hostilities which are between the two countries and it cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and one electricity blackout.
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center stated that their only mission “Is to provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning suspected Internet-facilitated criminal activity and to develop effective alliances with law enforcement and industry partners.” They also said that the users must also disable remote-management settings by changing the passwords and upgrading the firmware to latest versions.