More than half a million routers and storage devices in dozens of countries have been infected with the new IoT virus. It was probably designed by a group of hackers sponsored by Russia. It was discovered on May 23 by Cisco Talos Intelligence, a subsidiary of Cisco Systems of America, which specializes in network security.
This virus called “VPNFilter”, which is designed with multiple capabilities to collect information, interfere with Internet communications, as well as conduct devastating cyber attacks. This malware has already infected more than 500,000 devices in at least 54 countries, most of them small routers and devices. Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link internet connected storage. Some network attached storage (NAS) devices are known to be targeted as well.
VPNFilter is a multi-stage malware that can steal website data and monitor industrial controllers or SCADA systems, such as those used in electrical networks, infrastructure, and other factories. ”With the ability to cut off Internet connectivity to hundreds of thousands of victims around the world.
This prompted the FBI to issue a “warning” accusing “Russian computer criminals” of being behind the attack, which damaged hundreds of thousands of home and office routers. Users are urged to “download updates” from manufacturers of these brands of routers. And unplug the power cord from the router for 30 seconds.