FBI Urges Businesses And Consumers To Turn Off Their Routers To Stop Russian Malware Attack
The FBI is urging consumers and businesses in Australia and the USA, to turn off their routers in an effort to halt the spread of a dangerous Russian malware virus which targets specific routers.
The software that has already infected hundreds of thousands of devices takes over a router and starts collecting information by reading people’s internet activity.
It can also close down a home or business network.
The FBI claim that by turning off a router and then switching them back on again helps to prevent the distribution of the malware.
Updating the devices could not only fix the problem but also allow authorities to track down where the problem has spread the FBI said.
Last week the FBI seized a website that the hackers planned to use to give instructions to the routers.
Though that cut off malicious communications, it still left the routers infected, and the weekend warning was aimed at cleaning up those machines.
In obtaining the court order, the Justice Department said the hackers involved were in a group called Sofacy that answered to the Russian government.
Sofacy, also known as APT28 and Fancy Bear, has been blamed for many of the most dramatic Russian hacks, including that of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
An FBI official told Reuters that the kinds of devices known to be affected by the hack were purchased by users at retail stores or online.