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Q&A: Should you reboot your router like the FBI says?

Q&A: Should you reboot your router like the FBI says?

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Last week, the FBI recommended rebooting home and small office routers that could have been infected with disruptive malware, allegedly by sophisticated state-backed Russian hackers . An estimated half million routers and network-attached storage devices have been infected. But even the FBI acknowledges this step will only "temporarily disrupt" the malware. Here are some questions and answers about the situation: Q: How can I tell if my router is infected? A: Short answer: You probably can't. Routers aren't very consumer-friendly, and most people lack the ability to get deep enough inside the device to tell if it's infected. Q: If my router was infected and I reboot, is it safe? A: No. Turning an infected router off and on again only removes some of the malware — such as elements t...
Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

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A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest.Virgin Media's Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers.But experts raised concerns that older routers provided by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and others were also at risk.They recommend users change their router password from the default.Media playback is unsupported on your device"It's a bit unfair that Virgin Media has been singled out here. They made a mistake - but so have many other internet service providers," said Ken Munro from security firm Pen Test Partners."This problem has been known about for years, yet still ISPs [internet service providers] issue routers with weak passwords and consu...