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FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberattack

Postby engrssc » Mon May 28, 2018 8:15 pm

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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby organtechnology » Mon May 28, 2018 10:26 pm



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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby 1961TC4ME » Mon May 28, 2018 10:49 pm

MSNB-Hee Haw.

Fake news? Sorry, couldn't resist. :mrgreen:

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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby Grant_Youngman » Mon May 28, 2018 11:00 pm

1961TC4ME wrote:MSNB-Hee Haw.

Fake news? Sorry, couldn't resist. :mrgreen:


Well at least, the really fake news also picked up the story :-)

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/382905 ... net-router
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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby Dnsmo » Mon May 28, 2018 11:09 pm

The report I read was from CNET, and it references a Department of Justice press release issued last Friday:

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-fbi-wants ... -a-botnet/
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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby engrssc » Tue May 29, 2018 1:32 am

I thought it was a real cool 8) (since it was 93 F degrees here today) "message" for :D non techs to chew on. Just wonder what kind of reactions it may have created. Something like the children's story when thunder was heard - "The sky is falling, let us run and tell the king". :o

At least rebooting a router is harmless. :roll:

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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby RaymondList » Tue May 29, 2018 8:39 am

I've read the DOJ report and the security researcher's report. It is not fake news (for a change!).
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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby TheOrganDoc » Tue May 29, 2018 1:47 pm

? ? ? From, D-- T, News desk ? ? ?
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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby Grant_Youngman » Tue May 29, 2018 4:20 pm

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice- ... t-infected

There's a little more to it, since apparently a reboot does NOT remove the 1st stage malware (which appears to be a sort of boot loader for the 2nd stage, which does the bad stuff). So they have something on the order of a "honey pot" set up as a redirect point for requests from SOHO routers to load stage 2 of the malware.

It's definitely worth a "reset"
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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby joeroberts » Thu May 31, 2018 5:46 pm

Shouldn't a reliable software like Norton, AVG, Panda etc...catch this sort of attack? (Altho I have rebooted my WIFI anyway)...?
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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby RaymondList » Thu May 31, 2018 6:42 pm

joeroberts wrote:Shouldn't a reliable software like Norton, AVG, Panda etc...catch this sort of attack? (Altho I have rebooted my WIFI anyway)...?
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Your anti-virus software is running on your computer. The router is 'way out in front' of your computer, and the anti-virus software does nothing to protect it.
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Re: FBI: Reboot your router immediately to prevent cyberatta

Postby engrssc » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:52 am

My next question would be should you reboot your router regularly since it's so easy to do? OTOH, hackers would no doubt figure a work around. I regularly' reboot my internet computer and the Hauptwerk computer reboots every time it is used/played. As a followup, is there any evidence of this router cyber attack happening? I haven't heard of it, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened. I feel pretty safe since the Hauptwerk computer doesn't ever connect directly to the Internet. Updates and new samples are loaded via a flash drive which sometimes do connect to the Internet however. :roll:

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