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Offbeat FBI says foreign hackers have compromised home router devices

20:05  25 may  2018
20:05  25 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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The FBI warned on Friday that foreign cyber criminals had compromised “hundreds of thousands” of home and small office router devices around the world which direct traffic on the internet by forwarding data packets between computer networks. In a public service announcement

The FBI warned on Friday that foreign cyber criminals had compromised "hundreds of thousands" of home and small office router devices around the world It said the malware is hard to detect, due to encryption and other tactics. The FBI urged people to reboot their devices to temporarily disrupt the

a screen shot of a computer: Man types on a computer keyboard in front of the displayed cyber code in this illustration picture © REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration Man types on a computer keyboard in front of the displayed cyber code in this illustration picture

The FBI warned on Friday that foreign cyber criminals had compromised "hundreds of thousands" of home and small office router devices around the world which direct traffic on the internet by forwarding data packets between computer networks.

In a public service announcement, the FBI it has discovered that the foreign cyber criminals used a VPNFilter malware that can collect peoples' information, exploit their devices and also block network traffic.

The announcement did not provide any details about where the criminals might be based, or what their motivations could be.

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More about fbi foreign hackers compromised home router devices . Most of the routers and other devices known to be affected by this malware, called VPNFilter, did have previously disclosed vulnerabilities, all of which were eventually patched.

The FBI warned on Friday that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect Earlier, Cisco Systems Inc said the hacking campaign targeted devices from Belkin International’s Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear Inc, TP-Link and QNAP.

"The size and scope of the infrastructure by VPNFilter malware is significant," the FBI said, adding that it is capable of rendering peoples' routers "inoperable."

It said the malware is hard to detect, due to encryption and other tactics.

The FBI urged people to reboot their devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and help identify infected devices.

People should also consider disabling remote management settings, changing passwords to replace them with more secure ones and upgrading to the latest firmware.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by David Gregorio)

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