The FBI is advising all those with home and small business routers to reboot them immediately due to a malware threat:
Small chance of being infected but good advice anyway.
Thanks for the info.
Thanks for the information dobs108.
Although my router is not on the list of routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link, no harm in rebooting my router.
Better safe than sorry.
Here's what I got from reading some articles:
1. Reboot will only remove stage 2 and stage 3 infection that can brick the device entirely.
2. Stage 1 infection (the VPNFilter malware itself) survives reboot. It can reinfect the device at some point in the future.
3. Factory reset removes stage 1 infection
4. The list of affected devices is incomplete. There may be more devices affected by this malware but haven't been discovered yet.
5. Steps to prevent infection: install the latest firmware, disable router remote management, change router default password
You make some good points
I think my risk was approximately zero.
Thanks for the info. Rebooted and updated firmware.
Amazon sells an outlet attachment that lets you power a device on and off through a wifi based app. You can also set a regular timer to power a device on and off. The below is only one of several different products that are available.
Glad they found it....
But at least it isn't affected by this.
The list of targeted devices grows:
I'm not sure it's zero risk with DD-WRT, but I am sure it's a lot less than using the default firmware.
Some people think their electronic devices are immune to attacks. It's ok to be optimistic but never assume electronic devices are immune. I don't care what brand it is, Apple, Google, Linksys, Netgear etc are all vulnerable to some degree. It's only a matter of time before smart people find a way to get into your device and take over control. My router was not on the list a few days ago. It is now.
I use a hardened commercial firewall, the same brand as my old company used at home. I have also turned a bunch of friends onto it as well. More cumbersome to configure, but not as likely to get zapped, as long as you keep up with the code updates.
Thanks for the heads up, due to this prompt I noticed my router had an update available.
I reboot everything at least once a week.
every morning I turn my router off for a few minutes then back on I have century link if I look at line quality its always "poor" or "marginal" a reset brings it back to "good" also I pay for 12 meg and I usually get 11 and 8, at times I get 5 and 2 a reset brings me up to speed, and they keep trying to sell me 20 meg service I don't need 20 12 is good if only they could supply a steady 12 that would be great but they cant even do that
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