VPNFilter Malware & Medialink Routers
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[Updated Wednesday June 6, 2018]
Here’s the bottom line:
Medialink routers are not known to be vulnerable to this new threat called VPNFilter. You do not need to update your firmware. Your router is (currently) safe from this attack.
Here’s what the FBI wants you to do to help them:
Reboot your router. Unplug the power and plug it back in. That’s it!
When you reboot (aka power cycle) your router, you interrupt the process of the malware known as VPNFilter. This will help the FBI understand which devices are under attack because they will be able to see the new traffic as the router powers back on and the malware reconnects to the system. But again, Medialink routers are not currently targeted by this threat. By power cycling your router, you are just helping to confirm that Medialink routers are not being targeted.
What is VPNFilter anyway?
VPNFilter is the latest security threat to consumer routers in the US and all over the world. The threat is believed to come from Russia and its purpose is to steal your data. The people behind this malicious software are trying to implant their software in your home router and capture all of your sensitive data as it flows from your home out to the internet. Cisco was the first to identify the threat and has done extensive research regarding the implications of the malware. According to Cisco, this threat appears to be ever-growing and more and more devices are being targeted. We will act swiftly and accordingly if we discover the software is targeting Medialink routers.
The full list of devices targeted by VPNFilter malware is currently as follows:
RB Groove (new)
RB Omnitik (new)
Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software
PBE M5 (new)
Unknown Models (new)
ZXHN H108N (new)
Still not quite comfortable?
The way to get rid of the malware is to perform a factory reset on the router. It is nearly impossible to tell if your router is affected. So to be safe, the FBI recommends that you factory reset your router. Medialink routers are equipped with either a pinhole reset button or a raised reset button that can be held for 10 seconds. After the reset, you will have to reconfigure your router. The connection to the internet may need to be reestablished and you will have to change the WiFi name and password back to your normal choices. For steps to reconfigure your router after a reset, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your router’s model number found on the sticker on the bottom or the back of the router.
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