FBI WARNING: Small office and home office owners reboot your routers now!
In a Public Service Announcement released on May 25, 2018, the FBI urges any owner of small office and home office routers reboot their devices.
Hundreds of thousands of small business, home routers, and other networked devices have been compromised by foreign cyber actors using VPNFilter malware. The malware is used to steal personal information, exploit devices, as well as block network traffic.
The scope of VPNFilter malware is “significant,” according to the FBI. Once the malicious software is on a user’s equipment, it could stop the router from working and potentially allow criminals to gain access to personal information passing through the router.
What is the best defense?
Doing a hard reset (reboot-turn off and back on) will restore the factory settings and will temporarily disrupt the malware, as well as potentially help identify any infected devices. Owners should consider disabling remote management settings on their devices and secure with strong passwords.
You may not realize just how vulnerable your small business is to cyber attacks.
Small business owners often underestimate their vulnerability to cyber attacks. The truth is, small or large, everyone is a target. Becoming aware of any security issues now is the first step in securing your business for the future. Work with a trusted IT professional who can give you the peace of mind of knowing your business is safe.
Although small businesses are equally vulnerable to cyber crime, we understand owners face many different challenges. That’s why we are offering a *Problem Prevention Audit FREE for a limited time. We also know you are very busy so our Problem Prevention Audit can be done in about an hour.
Want to help you protect yourselves from cyber criminals. Let us know when you would like to schedule your free audit!
*Must be located within 25 miles of Lafayette, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, or South Bend, IN with 10 or more computers to qualify for the free audit.