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 report (see bellow) says that "as security practices for individual computers and devices have hardened, nation-state hackers have adapted Cybercriminals can also profit by using compromised home routers in for-profit distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) or as part of a rented botnet.

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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 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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Government-backed Russian hackers are using compromised routers and other network In a joint statement, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) and the Millions of devices around the world are said to have been compromised in this way, with

According to the court filings, the FBI is collecting the Internet IP addresses of every compromised router that phones home to the address, so “Some of the ISPs have the ability to remotely restart the router . The others might even send out letters to the home users urging them to restart their devices .”

"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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