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FBI Warns Small & Home Office Owners of Possible Malware

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The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center is telling owners of small offices and home offices to reboot their routers.

According to a public service announcement released on Friday, May 25th, 2018, "Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide."

The alert states that hackers used VPNFilter malware to target the routers. The malware can potentially exploit and use the device for various functions including information collection.

The FBI recommends any owner of a small office or home office reboot their routing devices. They say it will temporarily disrupt the malware. Owners are also "advised to consider disabling remote management settings on devices and secure with strong passwords and encryption when enabled. Network devices should be upgraded to the latest available versions of firmware."

If you have concerns, you can report them to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). It was created to give the public a reliable and convenient place to report information to the FBI about suspected Internet-facilitated fraud schemes. IC3 works with law enforcement and industry partners to investigate and keep the public informed.

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