Friday, May 25, 2018

FBI needs home users to learn router programming skills to defeat determined foreign hackers

The FBI is warning consumers about malware that can attack home routers, especially VPN.
The Boston Globe has a typical story here

Rebooting the router (from the power button, or by disconnecting and reconnecting, which causes most routers to go through the reboot) usually causes installs of any firmware from the cable vendor.  But for this malware, the reboot install may not be sufficient.
The FBI is encouraging home router users to learn how to sign on and update their routers manually, which normally requires shell scripting skills and operating system knowledge.
Comcast, Cox, etc. will soon have comments on this issue.

US Cert has a bulletin on the issue here

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