The announcement continues: “The actors used VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers. The malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic.”
Alex Holden, the Chief Information Security Officer at Hold Security, LLC, said the Bureau is urging people who own routers to reset them as a way to disrupt the hack.
“Once somebody has control over your gateway to the Internet, they arguably have access to everything that transpires between you and the internet,” Holden said.
According to Holden, the best way to reboot a wireless router is to either turn it off or unplug it.
He recommends leaving the router turned off or unplugged for 60 seconds.
Holden added those wanting to be safe should also change their network password – especially if it’s still the same password a router came with from the factory.