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Home and small business network/routing devices face new risk

David Pollino
Security

The FBI is warning of a new threat to small office and home office (SOHO) network devices and network access shares (NAS). Cybercriminals have compromised tens of thousands of SOHO devices, including home routers.

Hand plugging a cable into a home router, next to a computer and modem.A type of malware called VPNFilter is causing the damage. Once cybercriminals have gained access to one of these network devices through VPNFilter, they are able to view, modify, and steal data. In addition, reports suggest criminals have the ability to disable or destroy compromised devices as well.

What may be affected?

Some common home and small office routing devices affected include:

  • Linksys E1200, E2500, WRVS4400N
  • Mikrotik RouterOS for Cloud Core Routers: Versions 1016, 1036, and 1072
  • Netgear DGN2200, R6400, R7000, R8000, WNR1000 & WNR2000
  • QNAP TS251, TS439 Pro
  • TP-Link R600VPN

The threat may also affect the function of IoT devices (e.g., home security systems, thermostats) that are connected to SOHO devices.

Recommended actions

There is currently no easy way to determine if a router has been infected.

If you own one of these devices, you should conduct a factory reset, which typically involves holding down a button in the back for five to 10 seconds. Additionally, the FBI recommends that all SOHO router owners reboot their devices to temporarily disrupt the malware.

Owners should change default passwords on devices and ensure those devices have the most up-to-date software versions, and where applicable disable remote administration. As always, follow any guidelines that are provided by your device’s manufacturer.

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Social media & cybersecurity: 6 tips for securing your business

David Pollino
Security
Tech workers in a light, fun coworking space with blackboards, bean bag chairs, etc.

While most executives appreciate the potential benefit of social media, they often do not realize the magnitude of the risk that it creates.

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Helping your kids protect their identities online

David Pollino
Security
2 your girls huddled together on a picnic blanket, wearing headphones and enjoying a video they

It may be hard for your kids to understand, but having many social media friends is not a “badge of honor.”

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How secure is your domain registration?

David Pollino
Security
Young woman and man professionals looking together at details on computer monitors in front of them.

Your domain registrar probably offers the ability for you to lock down transfers of your domain.

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8 travel tips to help protect against theft or fraud

David Pollino
Security
Young couple with 2 little girls posing for a selfie at the back of their car as they all wear fedora hats.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you require a passcode or password to unlock your device.

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