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5/29/2018
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FBI Warns Users to Reboot All SOHO Routers

Everyone with a home router should reboot their systems as a precaution in the wake of the recently discovered VPNFilter attack infrastructure.

The FBI is widening its guidance on who should reboot a SOHO router in response to the VPNFilter attack that infected more than a half million routers and network-attached storage devices. The new list? Everyone.

The original notices of the attack listed routers and instructed everyone with an affected router to reboot. Now, the FBI has broadened its instructions, directing everyone who owns a SOHO router to reboot now.

The FBI is calling for the reboot even though the agency acknowledges that the first-stage loader for the botnet is persistent, remaining in place through resets and reboots.

According to the Justice Department, the hacking collective known as APT28, or FancyBear, is responsible for the attack. The collective, considered a state-sponsored cybercriminal organization, is known as the group that played heavily in efforts to disrupt the 2016 US elections.

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johnsmith247
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10/31/2018 | 4:12:51 AM
Re: The FBI is widening its guidance
I read some news before some days ago, According to the FBI warning, "the malware targets IP Address Conflict  routers produced by several manufacturers and network-attached storage devices by at least one manufacturer." 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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5/31/2018 | 3:37:45 PM
Re: SOHO Only?
Many SOHO's have also already released patches for the exploit. The reboot will allow those patches to be applied. But you are definitely correct, you would be hard pressed to see Commercial grade networking gear and SOHO's sharing the same threat landscape.
Norman.Neil
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Norman.Neil,
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5/31/2018 | 8:43:32 AM
Re: SOHO Only?
SOHO = small office, home office

It is meant to include all consumer-grade routers.

Commercial-grade routers (i.e. CISCO, HP, etc.) generally have much stronger security associated with their operation, like requiring administrative privileges to install anything on them.   
Dr.T
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5/30/2018 | 6:24:39 PM
SOHO Only?
Is this only about this router, what about others?
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 6:23:53 PM
Re: The FBI is widening its guidance
rather than just more "Russia! Russia! Russia!" in order to distract domestic attention Good point, never thought in that way.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 6:23:05 PM
Re: The FBI is widening its guidance
Perhaps the concentrated volume of reestablishing connections with the botnet ... Or giverment know something and they do not let us know.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2018 | 6:21:46 PM
Re: The FBI is widening its guidance
Hard to see the rationale behind call for reboot of all SOHO routers I am also not sure about the real objective of this action.
Dr.T
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5/30/2018 | 6:20:24 PM
Reboot?
Wondering how reboot would remove the flow, how did happen in the first place?
BrianN060
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5/30/2018 | 3:48:48 PM
The FBI is widening its guidance
Hard to see the rationale behind call for reboot of all SOHO routers (given ...that the first-stage loader for the botnet is persistent...).  Perhaps the concentrated volume of reestablishing connections with the botnet command/control will be useful, at least as an indication of scope and scale.  Hope it's something like that, rather than just more "Russia! Russia! Russia!" in order to distract domestic attention away from other issues and concerns. 
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