Following the recent news regarding the FBI warning people to turn their routers off and back on again to halt the spread of the VPNFilter Malware, Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic commented below.
Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic:
“This latest FBI warning seems to be a mad rush to get people to reboot their routers resulting from what appears to be another targeted attack on Ukraine, that has again expanded beyond their borders to the rest of the world, showing that it is difficult to minimize the spread of malicious malware.
This is another example of mass surveillance from citizens internet activity that could be used to influence fakes news, propaganda or redirect traffic to malicious websites that contains more harmful malware. I am not worried about their ability to shut down a router as today most people can simply restart it or use alternative methods to access the internet via smart phones.”