The FBI has issued a security warning that all home and small office routers should be rebooted after discovering sophisticated Russian-linked “VPNFilter” malware infecting at least 500,000 networking devices.
The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely, the bureau announced.
According to the Justice Department, the Sofacy Group, also known as APT28, or FancyBear, is responsible for the attack. The group, believed to be directed by Russia’s military intelligence agency, is the group that hacked the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
After months of speculation relating to Russian interference in the U.S. election, DHS and the FBI issued a rather detailed Joint Analysis, detailing the methodologies and techniques used by the Russian intelligence services and their associated threat groups.
The U.S. government is not saying that Russia "tampered with vote tallies in order to get Donald Trump elected President," but believe that Russia is behind cyberattacks that targeted the Democratic National Committee and a host of other U.S. entities. So what does this mean for you as a business owner, employee, or consumer? If Russian hackers are capable of infiltrating a highly ranking organization like the DNC, then they are most likely capable of hacking your company server or private email account.