Security alert: Reboot your router

As your Internet Service provider, EarthLink is committed to keeping you informed of important cyber security events being observed globally. Below our partner Symantec shares information regarding a recent alert regarding router vulnerability.

 The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an urgent request for consumers to reboot their routers now to help disrupt a massive foreign-based malware attack.

Foreign cyber criminals have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide, the FBI said in a May 25 announcement.

What does the VPNFilter threat mean to you?

The malware, called VPNFilter, poses several threats to small office and home routers, the FBI said.

Here’s what the malware could do:

  • Render routers inoperable
  • Collect information passing through the routers
  • Block network traffic

The FBI said detecting and analyzing the malware’s network activity is difficult.

How to help defend yourself from VPNFilter malware

The FBI recommends taking several steps. Here’s what you should do:

  • Turn your router off, then back on. This may temporarily disrupt the malware and potentially help identify already-infected devices.
  • Consider disabling remote management settings on the device.
  • Secure the device with a strong, unique, new password.
  • Enable encryption.
  • Upgrade firmware to the latest available version.

How pervasive is the malware already? Analysts have estimated that more than half a million routers in more than 50 countries have been affected.

Compromised routers raise risks

Keep in mind that all your information passes through your router. That’s why security is essential.

When your router is compromised, your privacy and the security of your devices can be at stake.