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UNH Information Security Services (ISS) has been alerted by the FBI of an ongoing cyber threat that targets users home routers and home-based networked devices. The FBI recommends that all small office and home office routers are rebooted to help protect against this threat.
Hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices have already been compromised using malware called VPNFilter. This malware does multiple things, including information collection, device exploitation, and network traffic blocking.
The size and scope of the infrastructure with the potential to be impacted by this malware is significant. Encompassing routers produced by several manufacturers and network-attached storage devices by at least one manufacturer. Currently, there is no information available on how the malware is getting onto these devices.
VPNFilter can render small office and home office routers inoperable. It may also be able to collect information that is sent through the router.
The FBI recommends the following actions: