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Reboot your Home and Office Network Router to get Russian Hackers Out

April 1, 2019

Temporarily... at least.

By now, you may have seen the headlines in the New York Times "F.B.I.'s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware" or USA Today's "FBI: Russians hacked hundreds of thousands of routers worldwide". If not, let me give you the quick facts.

On May 25th, 2018 the FBI released Public Service Announcement I-052518-PSA stating that foreign cyber actors are targeting home and office routers worldwide. It is estimated that over 500,000 devices are infected. They currently do not know how the routers were infected in the first place.

Affected devices include brands like Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, QNAP and TP-Link. If you have any of these devices at home or at your office, the FBI recommends to "reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices". Since we don't know how the routers are infected in the first place, reinfection is very likely. Additional recommendations include upgrading firmware, setting strong passwords and disabling any remote features in the router.

imgHackers.jpgFor a complete list of devices that are known to be affected, please send me an e-mail at and I'll send you the most updated list with recommendations. If you are already on HiTech's ProIT plan and have one of our managed SonicWall firewalls, you can rest assured that your firewall is up-to-date and not affected by this malware. If you are unsure or would like to have a HiTech managed SonicWall firewall, please call or e-mail me and we'll provide you with some options best suited for your environment.

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