FBI RUSSIA WARNING: Russian-Linked Malware Threatens Home Routers

by | May 30, 2018 | Headline News | 65 comments

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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that over a half a million home routers have already been affected by what they are calling “Russian-linked malware.”  They also claim that Russia intends to target even more devices over the next few weeks.

    To solve the problem, the FBI wants you to reboot your router. According to NBCNews, as millions of Americans unplugged for the Memorial Day Weekend, the FBI issued an urgent bulletin for anyone with a home or small office internet router to immediately turn it off and then turn it on again as a way to temporarily thwart the spread of foreign malware linked to Russia.

    The title of the public service announcement was: FOREIGN CYBER ACTORS TARGET HOME AND OFFICE ROUTERS AND NETWORKED DEVICES WORLDWIDE. The threat, according to the FBI, is VPNFilter is able to render small office and home office routers inoperable. The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router. Detection and analysis of the malware’s network activity is complicated by its use of encryption and misattributable networks.

    “More than half a million routers have been identified already as being compromised, so I think there are a significant number of devices that have been affected and it is difficult to estimate how many devices could be affected in the coming days or week,” Shuman Ghosemajumder, chief technology officer at Shape Security told NBC News.

    Although Russia is not specifically mentioned in the FBI’s public service alert, Ghosemajumder mentioned that the 500.000 devices compromised come from an analysis performed by Talos, the security arm of Cisco. The company also found the attack present in at least 54 countries. Authorities and security researchers have both said there are many unknown questions when it comes to VPNFilter, including the intentions of the Russia-linked group believed to be perpetrating the attack.

    Devices manufactured by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link were among those found to have been affected, according to the Talos report. While the initial point of infection is unknown for VPNFilter, it has been quietly spreading since at least 2016, according to researchers.

    Many of the infected devices have known public exploits and use default credentials, meaning that if someone were to set up their home router out of the box and they never changed the password or updated the firmware, they could be at a higher risk. –NBCNews

    “If you have an older router, the odds are greater it may have shipped with a standard password which is the same across all types of the device. Change the router password, make sure the firmware is updated and in some cases, even replace the router,” Ghosemajumder said. But there’s no way to know if your device has been affected.

    “If this is addressed broadly, it will cause the malware campaign to lose a lot of its access and reduce the broader risk on a macro level,” said Guy Caspi, the CEO and founder of security company Deep Instinct. There could be broader implications as well, assuming this malware could potentially be used for much larget attacks.

     

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      1. Kevin2

        So Russia is doing this to piss off the American public with the likely repercussions of increased economic sanctions with the intent of destroying their economy or its a false flag. Hmmmm………

        • Anonymous

          Or this is more BS courtesy ofSHTFPLAN

          • laura ann

            Our router wasn’t on the “danger list”.

            • TharSheBlows

              I heard this BS News segment piece on the radio the other day. It said, paraphrase,

              “Israehelli bomb sirens went off and people took for shelter.. it is unknown if any rockets landed or were found in Israehell.”

              Talk about BS propaganda. This repetitive BS every day, makes you think they are bombed every day. its just the string pullers who fire off the alarm in a false flag, to blame of an attack that never happened. Remember these expert liars who are also professional expert victims, and really know how to play it up with their partners in the MS Media here in the states. and for sure it is the Russians or Palestinians or Iranians or Syrians… BS.

              • Kevin2

                PRAVDA had nothing over on the “free” western media. I can imagine that retired PRAVDA editors sit around drinking vodka discussing how in hell can the damn capitalists make lies so damn believable to their citizenry.

                • Plan twice, prep once

                  Ignore the trolls this story is true peppers! Mac is on target as usual. Thanks again!

                  One, This virus was in two parts, first part forced your router to check with a web site. That web site domain was appropriated by Trump Feds so your router if it’s infected will find no such address when it tries.

                  To clear your router just reboot it, when it doesn’t find the blocked source it will work as normal.

                  Next best fix. Address your router at its home address, check for microcode updates. Regardless tell it to reboot, or just unplug it for 15 minutes and plug it in to reboot. If there is a manufacturer update, install it

                  If you are me, you check for and install/downloaded the latest microcode as soon as it’s available. If you get a microcode update, also save it to a read only disk. As insurance.

                  • Jasmine

                    “FBI RUSSIA WARNING: Russian-Linked Malware Threatens Home Routers”

                    “The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that over a half a million home routers have already been affected by what they are calling “Russian-linked malware.” They also claim that Russia intends to target even more devices over the next few weeks.”

                    5th paragraph: “Although Russia is not specifically mentioned in the FBI’s public service alert…”

                    RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, wellllllll maybe not.

              • Meltonmark

                Excellent comment. I find it interesting that when White South African police shot dead 16 unarmed protesters at Sharpville, the world howled in condemnation, yet when the Israelis shoot dead 112 unarmed Palestinian protesters, somehow it becomes the fault of the victims. Jew propaganda at its finest eh?

          • The Deplorable Braveheart

            Anonymous, why do you still come here then?

        • 7.62

          I blame all this mess on the love child of the scum muslim brotherhood and several apes, Valerie Jarret and her cousin the obamanation.

        • TharSheBlows

          MORE FAKE NEWS: THIS ARTICLE FAILS. SHOW ME ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE THAT IS ATTACK IS RUSSIAN BASED?

          I COULD SET UP A VIRTUAL IP ADDRESS ON A TOR SERVER AND REFLLECT MY IP ADDRESS ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD I CHOOSE, AND SEND A MESSAGE SPAN WITH CODE IN IT WHEN YOU CLICK THE LLINK AND VOILA!!! I’M A SURELY A RUSSIAN HACK, NO DOUBT RIGHT OUT OF RUSSIA. SHOW ME THAT THIS IS RUSSIAN STATE SPONSORED ATTACK OF MORE PROPAGANDA HATE RUSS THOS EVIL RED BASSTERDS? SHOW ME PROOF OR STFU!!!

          BTW/ FOR SURE THE FBI KNOWS FOR SURE THE RUSSIANS ARE GOING TO ATTACK MORE IN THE COMING WEEKS FOR SURE. REALLY, SOUNDS LIKE A BS FALSE FLAG BY INSIDERS. FOR SURE THEY KNOW WITH NO SHRED OF ANY EVIDENCE, THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN BS WATER COOLER TALK, AND SOMEHOW NOW IT’S PRESENTED AS FACTS FROM THE FBI? GMAFB!!! ALL BS!! MORE FAKE NEWS!!

          • TharSheBlows

            Although Russia is not specifically mentioned in the FBI’s public service alert, Ghosemajumder mentioned that the 500.000 devices compromised come from an analysis performed by Talos, the security arm of Cisco. The company also found the attack present in at least 54 countries. Authorities and security researchers have both said there are many unknown questions when it comes to VPNFilter, including the intentions of the Russia-linked group believed to be perpetrating the attack.

            OH YEAH FOR SURE ITS GOTT BE THE RUSSIANS. LMFAO!!

            I’D SAY THIS IS CYBER ATTACK IS BASED OUT OF ISRAEHELL. AND I HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF PROOF THIS ARTICLE HAS.

            • The Deplorable Braveheart

              TSB, it’s the FBI putting out fake news. Never trust any govt. agency for anything. I had a pain in my ass earlier. That would’ve been a Russian instead of a hemorrhoid according to the MSM but of course I know better.

              • NorthGeorgiaIdiotsCousin

                Hey Cuz, that weren’t no hemorrhoid, that was Eisenkreutz.

                • The Deplorable Braveheart

                  NGIC, LMAO. That makes it even worse.

          • Bruce Hayden

            My router has so many different people in it that I think it must have MPD. Maybe it just needs an exorcist.

      2. Anonymous

        Putin will have you whacked !

      3. Infidel

        FBI: “Please reboot your router so we can finish installing our spyware. Thank you for your cooperation. And trust us, we’re the government, we’re here to help.”

        • Ketchupondemand

          “And trust us, we’re here to help ourselves.”

          They can create chaos and make it appear as if YOU did it, or any country in the world that they want to blame.
          Like the Sony info dump that they blamed on North Korea a few years ago.

          Giant meteor? No, giant EMP is what’s needed.

          • TharSheBlows

            BLOCKBUSTER BREAKING NEWS: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE THE “FAST AND FUROUS” DRUG RUNNING GUN CARTEL DOCUMENTS OBAMA TRIED TO BLOCK WITH EXECUTIVE PRIVLEDGE. ERIC HOLDER AND OBAMA ARE SOOOO BUSTED.

            Trump administration to provide records on Obama-era gun-smuggling probe
            by Sarah N. Lynch WED MAR 7, 2018 / 1:54 PM EST

            ht tps://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1GJ2KH?

            Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has agreed to provide congressional investigators confidential records on a failed gun-trafficking operation during the Obama administration known as “Fast and Furious” that long has been criticized by Republican lawmakers.

            In a statement issued on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department would hand over documents to the Republican-led House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that had been withheld by Democratic former President Barack Obama’s administration.

            The agreement reached by Republican President Donald Trump’s administration will effectively end a six-year long legal battle in which the committee had gone to federal court to try to enforce a subpoena it had issued to obtain the records.

            Congressional Republicans have been pressing the Justice Department for years about the operation. Named after a movie about car racing, the operation sought to curb gun-trafficking criminals who were selling weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

            In June 2012, the Republican-led House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder, an Obama appointee, in contempt for failing to turn over documents about the operation. The committee sued Holder for access to the documents in August 2012. Obama asserted executive privilege to block the disclosure of the documents.

            Democrats at the time accused Republicans of engaging in a partisan witch hunt.

            In an effort to build bigger cases against major gun traffickers who were selling arms to Mexican cartels, U.S. law enforcement officials elected not to prosecute lower-level offenders transporting more than 2,000 illegal guns.

            The operation and its flaws became public after two of those firearms were found in Arizona at the scene of a fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

            In September 2012, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report faulting 12 department employees for failures related to the operation. The report vindicated Holder, concluding he neither conceived the operation nor attempted a cover-up.

            Holder, now a partner at the law firm Covington and Burling LLP, could not be immediately reached at his office on Wednesday.

            (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Howard Goller and Will Dunham)

            **ANOTHER MOTIVE WHY OBAMA SPIED ON AND TRIED TO DISCREDIT TRUMP DURING THE CAMPAIGN, BECAUSE ALL OF OBAMA’S DIRT WOULD BE EXPOSED, IF TRUMP GOT ELECTED. GETTING HILLARY ELECTED WOULD ALLOW THE CRIMINAL COVERUPS TO CONTINUE UNDER CLOAK.

          • 7.62

            A bunch of bullets going into the heads of traitor Americans is all that’s needed.

          • Mr. Howell & Lovey

            Exactly !!

        • TharSheBlows

          YES CLICK THE HYPER LINK WHERE A C/S TECHNICIAN IN NIGERIA WILL ALSO HELP YOU, HE WILL INSTALL A KEY LOGGER IN YOUR ROUTER REBOOT, SO HE CAN STEAL YOUR ENTIRE BANK BALANCE VIA YOUR PASSWORDS YOU TYPE. GENIUS!!

          THE FBI IS WORKING DILIGENTLY TO HACK EVERY ELECTRONIC DEVICE OUT THERE. THEY ALREADY HAVE ABOUT 7 BACKDOOR WAYS TO GET INTO YOUR CELL PHONE FOR ALL YOUR DATA.

        • ~ Occams

          EXACTLY my first thought.

          “I have a few rules in life.

          #1?

          I NEVER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT!” ~ George Carlin

        • Mr. Howell & Lovey

          That is EXACTLY what I was thinking ! YOU become an FBI patsy !

      4. out_of_time

        Ah Ha!
        I KNEW Russia was planning this! I just knew it!!!
        I knew that Putin guy was aiming to take down my home router. I KNEW how important it was from a national defense strategy standpoint that MY router would bring down the motherland….
        /sarc off/
        idiots

      5. rellik

        I have a very complex wireless Internet setup. I have no hardwired connection to the Internet as I’m on a Satellite. My system is designed to operate wirelessly over a 1,000 meter area. Things get mixed up a lot so I power down and up to reset things.
        But all my routers, Modems, transmitters, and receivers require a direct physical connection to set up and modify. I did accidentally screw up one of my routers wirelessly but I had to know my WEP 128 bit code to do it and all it did was render it inoperable.
        Knowing this I’m curious what the FBI is selling us, and what they are trying to accomplish.

        • The Deplorable Braveheart

          Rellik, my internet setup is a mobile hotspot so no router for me. I get sick of hearing all this Russia crap. I’ve got a pain in the ass right now. Maybe there’s a Russian inside it. [SARCASM]

          • rellik

            I would have went with a hotspot, but our coverage here is really spotty. Plus all my buildings have metal roofs. If it isn’t raining too hard, our Satellites are pretty reliable
            and recovery is usually in a matter of minutes.

          • NorthGeorgiaIdiotsCousin

            Cuzz that weren’t no russian, I told you that was Eisenkreutz.

          • NorthGeorgiaIdiotsCousin

            I love my Cuz!

        • TharSheBlows

          RELLIK- Sounds like you need to clean up your interference with these: Ferrite noise filter. You can buy these devices and wrap the cord in loops around this device to eliminate static from one device to another. Someone on here mentioned this, forgot who, and I did a little research. Also check this site for a solution. DuckDuckGo search for many devices that may solve your static interference.

          How to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

          Don’t let buzz, hum, or hiss ruin your AV experience. We’ll show you how to solve common electrical faults so you can ditch the noise.

          ht tps://www.techhive.com/article/3063590/home-audio/how-to-get-rid-of-hum-and-eliminate-other-noises-from-your-audio-and-video-systems.html

          • rellik

            TSB,
            Hotspots depend on Cell towers. I’m not line of sight to one.
            Ferrites are good for EMI and CE compliance, but don’t help when the nearest cell tower is out of sight and miles away.
            I don’t have a noise problem.
            I’m out in the middle of nowhere.
            Look at a map and see where Hawaii is.
            I’m lucky to have Internet.

            Aloha

      6. Concerned Citizen

        Christ. I am genuinely so beyond sick and tired of this garbage…hacking and all of that chicken-shit “buffoonry”

      7. RickE.

        Russia? Ah ha! I knew it, Putin’s at it again! Those rascals. 🙂

      8. Harbard

        Yeah, I trust the Russians more than the FBI, but that ain’t saying much.

      9. The Deplorable Braveheart

        Has anyone heard from Menzoberranzan? Hope he’s OK.

        • Ketchupondemand

          He signed off a few weeks back Brave.
          What about Genius?

        • 7.62

          It’s me BH.

          • Anonymous

            Has anyone heard from Facebookpage

          • NorthGeorgiaIdiotsCousin

            Has anyone heard from Facebookpage

            • northgeorgiaidiotscousin

              Hey Cuz,

              Facebook had got sick there awhile back.
              He was typing from his bed some.

              He is/was a card. 🙂

              • NorthGeorgiaIdiotsCousin

                Thanks Lil’ cuz. He sure had a line alright, ranked right up there with Eisenkruetz and HCKS.

      10. Menzoberranzan

        Couldn’t stay away. Gotta vent or act.

        • The Deplorable Braveheart

          Menzo, glad to know you’re still around. I was getting worried about you. I’m still venting myself. The time to act feels like it may be getting closer.

          • Menzoberranzan

            The world is crazy as hell BH!

            • The Deplorable Braveheart

              Menzo, no shit, LOL. It’s not gonna get any better either.

      11. FBI (f#*%ing bunch of idiots)... And traitors

        The FBI still employs Peter strzok and Lisa page I don’t accept or believe anything they say.. The FBI is worthless and has zero credibility… They can die and go to hell

        • The Deplorable Braveheart

          FBI is just as bogus as any other govt. agency. They killed innocent people at Ruby Ridge and Waco. They’ve been used as ‘secret police’ all this time. Nothing they do is legitimate. No one has any obligations to the FBI nor any other .gov agency.

          • rellik

            DB,
            For the most part I agree.
            But military guys have some really
            strict rules(UCMJ) and I trust them
            more than the rest of the FEDS.

            • The Deplorable Braveheart

              Rellik, when the balloon goes up, all the rules that we currently live by will go right out the window. The only rule that will matter is STAY ALIVE and if you’re confronted by anyone with a weapon pointed at you then KILL OR BE KILLED.

      12. B from CA

        The FBI said that?

        You can’t trust anybody anymore, not even the Russians. I’m going to get a quart of Vodka and drown my troubles, absolutely Absolute.

        You can trust that.

        _

      13. AUBroker

        I shall replace my two cans and string.

      14. Mrbud

        Lmao! How many times have their lame alerts come true. I rest my case.

      15. Mrbud

        Why don’t they just merge with the US Marshals? FBI credibility is at an all-time low.

      16. Don

        Given my current trust in the FBI. I’d be more inclined to think the FBI/NSA/CIA wants to install malware on your router. They need you to reboot for the installation.

      17. CENTURION

        So What?

        When you go on the Internet, EVERYBODY sees what you do. There is no stupid privacy…..duh………..grow up, peasants and shut up.

      18. Sam Adams

        Sounds yummy as fake frosting on a cake!

      19. Observer

        No its not Russians, its me.
        How I hate those Russians taking all the credit.
        I do all the hard work, popping home routers in 54 countries that use their default passwords, and then those damn Russkies get all the credit.
        Totally fake news! When are they going to report on me, eh?

      20. aljamo

        I read that the missing flight out of Malaysia, think it was MH17, became the flight shot down in or near Russia flight MH370. MH17 was taken to the US base island Diego Garcia. A passenger was to have said a strange group of men entered the plane. The story goes these men murdered all of the passengers through a chemical or biological agent. These bodies were on the later flight MH370 that was shot down near Russia. First responders said there was no blood to be found, the bodies were chemically treated and had been dead for a much longer time. One plane disappeared, one shot down with no final account of what happened given. I don’t think Russia did it.

      21. Fritz

        FBI … Russia … FBI … Russia …FBI … Russia … FBI … Russia … FBI … Russia … Repeat after me now … FBI … Russia … FBI … Russia … FBI … Russia …

      22. anonymous5

        F**k the federal government.

      23. Anonymous

        “FBI/CIA/NSA-linked malware”?

      24. Joe

        B.S. Russia-phobia. Nothing more. You have more to fear from the U.S. government than anything else.

      25. Naya

        The FBI or NSA did not infect routers. How stupid do you have to be. The NSA already sees everything you do no matter what. They intercept ever single phone call, text, email and web activity. All that gets processed in the NSA labs in Utah through computers, and relevant stuff that gets flagged gets sent to be looked at by an alayst.
        Just try sending a real message about as dissipating the President. See what happens.
        FYI: this message just got flagged as well because of the two words used together.

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