There is a new computer virus that is not targeting your computer but rather the router that sits innocently in the corner of your house. The virus is called VPNFilter and was first disclosed by Cisco Talos a couple of weeks ago. It has already infected over 500K networking devices and has prompted the FBI to issue an urgent public service warning to reset your router. Because all your traffic flows through your router, this virus has enormous access to collect your personal information and spy on your activities.
The very latest research from Talos and other security researchers are now reporting that the list of affected devices is much larger than first reported. In addition to Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, and MikroTik, the new list also includes ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE (Gryphon with ESET technology is not affected and has active measures to prevent this type of virus). They have also discovered that the virus is capable of much more damage. In addition to collecting all the data that passes through your router, the virus can also infect connected devices served by the router by injecting malicious code when the device is browsing the web. Further research into this virus is ongoing and may uncover more details.
What can you do if you have one of the routers listed above?
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