Security researchers have recently discovered a type of malware infecting Internet routers around the world. Called VPNFilter, this malware is thought to have already infected over 500,000 devices, including home routers. VPNFilter can allow malicious users to intercept your Internet traffic and potentially access login credentials and other sensitive information.
To protect yourself from this malware, researchers recommend that you restart your home or office router, update the router password, and refresh the router firmware. Check your router’s documentation for instructions on how to change the password and update to the latest firmware version. Instructions for upgrading the firmware on popular router brands can be found via the links below:
For more information about the VPNFilter malware, see the articles below:
- VPNFilter – is a malware timebomb lurking on your router? (Sophos Security Blog)
- Cyber Actors Target Home and Office Routers and Networked Devices Worldwide (US-CERT alert)