500,000 Routers Are Infected With Malware and Potentially Spying On Users

VPNFilter that contains a dangerous malware, which might potentially spy on user online activities and could not even cure after rebooting the device, affects about 500,000 routers and NAS devices.

Usually, VPNFilter can only be prevented by software update or doing a factory reset of the router. However, this recent VPN Filter malware attack on massive amount of routers is something, which is other than usual.

According to Cisco, this VPNFilter malware is utterly prevalent in Ukraine, and still, there is no cure to fix this issue.

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Moreover, according to Symantec,VPNFilter is primarily targeting home and small business routers. Here is a list of devices known to have been infected.

  • Linksys E1200
  • Linksys E2500
  • WRVS4400N Linksys
  • Mikrotik RouterOS for Cloud Core Routers: Versions 1016, 1036, and 1072
  • Netgear DGN2200
  • Netgear R6400
  • R7000 Netgear
  • Netgear R8000
  • Netgear WNR1000
  • WNR2000 Netgear
  • QNAP TS251
  • QNAP TS439 Pro
  • Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software
  • P-Link R600VPN

In case if you have any of these routers models, which are mentioned above , then you should do, a factory reset to prevent this deadly malware and maintain your privacy again.

Remember that you will lose all your custom settings, which means you have to configure your settings again based on internet service you are using.

Also, make sure that your router device updated adequately after the factory reset, to avoid more malware in the future. Still, there is no clue that who is the real culprit behind the spreading of this deadly malware to breach user’s online privacy. For your security you can use anti-malware softwares like Malwarebytes. Will legal authorities become successful in finding the entity behind these types of malware attack or legal authorities itself are intentionally doing this as social app owners are not ready to compromise users private data with them? For more updates, keep checking our website or if you want to share your valuable penny of though with us, contact us by mentioning your comment below.

Salman Ahmed's Biography

Salman Ahmed Siddiqui is a passionate writer who loves to write about online privacy, crypto economy and trending technological developments. He loves to provide effective tips and guideline related to rising cyber challenges. When he is not writing, Salman watches Manchester United play and demonstrates his love for football with his mad FIFA skills.

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