Labeled as VPNFilter, a team of researchers from Cisco stated that the malware has so far infected as many as 500,000 routers in more than 50 countries. The venomous malware is so strong that it could ultimately turn a router into inoperative. In addition to the aforementioned infection, the researchers also noted that VPNFilter could also dodge SSL encryption besides inoculating more such codes. Furthermore, malware does have the capability to steal sensitive information like password, account details etc.
The affected devices include routers from ASUS, Huawei, TP-Link, Ubiquiti, Upvel, ZTE, QNAP, D-Link, Linksys, Microtik and Netgear. According to Symantec, VPNFilter is essentially targeting routers in Ukraine for unknown reason. However, there is every likelihood that your device may also have been compromised regardless of your location.
If, by any chance, your router appeared in the list above, reboot it instantly. Moreover, it is highly recommended to apply a firmware patch – if it is available. Thereafter, you can also perform a hard reset which will eventually restore the factory settings of your router. Do not forget to back up your configuration settings and significant work before going through the process otherwise your data will be gone.
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