The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that a new malware threat has rapidly infected more than half-a-million consumer devices. The FBI and security firms are urging home Internet users to reboot routers and network-attached storage devices made by a range of technology manufacturers to help stop the spread of the malware.
The growing menace — dubbed VPNFilter — targets Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link networking equipment in the small and home office space, as well as QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices, according to researchers at Cisco.
Experts currently know the malware can do two things well: Steal Web site credentials; and issue a self-destruct command, effectively rendering infected devices inoperable for most consumers.
According to Cisco, here’s a list of the known affected devices:
MIKROTIK ROUTEROS VERSIONS FOR CLOUD CORE ROUTERS:
- TS439 Pro
- Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell if your device is infected. It is recommended that you contact your technology service provider to address this vulnerability.