Cisco Talos researchers announced this past week that Russian hackers were able to amass a collection of over 500,000 malware-infected consumer-grade routers. Dubbed the VPNFilter, this malware could have a significant impact on the operability of routers around the world by shutting down networks, blocking traffic, or collecting mass amounts of user information. There is also the potential to use all of the compromised devices in a single attack against a strategic target.
Infections were noted in countries around the world with the primary target being Ukraine. Initial findings show that targeted devices from Belkin International’s Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and QNAP have been infected.
Defending Against the Threat
Cisco Talos researchers are still investigating the full brunt of the malware's threat; however, they are recommending that people consider rebooting devices, changing passwords, downloading updates from manufacturers, and disabling remote management settings to protect themselves.
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