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[Updated 6/6/18] Protect Your Router, Now (VPNFilter Malware)

routerCyber Actors Target Home and Office Routers and Networked Devices Worldwide

Note: Updates will be added to the bottom of this post. On, 6/6/2018, additional router models were added to the list of affected devices.

You may have heard, in recent news reports, about malware called VPNFilter, that has compromised “hundreds of thousands” of home and office routers.

It’s important that all Internet users take action to secure their Internet router to avoid very real negative consequences. The items below briefly describe what steps are necessary. For those who are uncomfortable with any of the steps, after step number one, please contact Widomaker, a local computer shop, or the Support Department of the manufacturer of your Internet router, for guidance.

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[Updated 11/16/17] Router and IoT Vulnerabilities (Dnsmasq)

On, October 2, 2017, vulnerabilities (US-CERT VU#973527) were made public, by Google’s security team, in Dnsmasq, a widely used software package included in many Internet-connected devices, such as routers, IoT devices, and Android devices. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

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