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Reboot Your Router

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2018

Over the last week, it has come to the attention of U.S. authorities that cybercriminals have infected a large number of routers around the world with malware. The threat is now known as VPNFilter, and affects a number of router brands including Linksys, Netgear, and TP-Link among others. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are recommending that owners of small office and residential routers reboot them to cut off communication to the botnet.

At a minimum, CFU internet customers should power-cycle their routers. For most customers, that means simply unplugging the router and plugging it back in. Customers can also take the following steps to prevent future attacks:

  • Update router firmware. There is a very high likelihood this malware is attacking existing vulnerabilities that many hardware providers either have or will be patching soon. These security patches are essential to stopping these attacks in the near future.
  • Change default credentials - Many people never change their router's default username and password, leaving them open to attack. This is a well known weakness and it is recommended that if default credentials are in place, that they be changed.
  • Check router settings and ensure any remote management setting is off or only used when necessary.

Questions? Please call the CFU Help Desk at 319-268-5221.

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