FBI- wants everyone to reboot their router

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Motomom34, May 29, 2018.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    On Friday the FBI issued a statement asking the public to reboot their routers. I did not do mine at home but my boss did. He was advising that we do the one at work also. The FBI released their statement on Friday at the start of a holiday weekend. I am sure many missed it. I did read a conspiracy that this has to do with end of net neutrality. That is probably just tinfoil. Have any monkeys rebooted their router?

    FBI urges public to reboot home routers amid malware attack
    FBI urges public to reboot home routers amid malware attack | CBC News
    Please follow the link for rest of the article.

    Here is a link to the official FBI PSA
    Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Foreign Cyber Actors Target Home and Office Routers and Networked Devices Worldwide
  2. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    Are you kidding my drivers are 1247 days old........ if I can't be bothered to update them pushing a button to reboot the router is out of the question!
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  3. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    OR does that initiate the malware by rebooting can we trust the MSM we can't so far.
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  4. snake6264

    snake6264 Combat flip flop douchebag

    Mine gets the reboot often
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  5. BenP

    BenP Monkey+ Site Supporter+

    Mine got hacked....but I have 2 so they didn't get far.
  6. BenP

    BenP Monkey+ Site Supporter+

    They are a little behind the curve, this has been going on for almost a month.
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  7. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    password protect your bios and run off a live medium a hard drive is only for storage and have it scanned regular,real hard to get in but you can be peeped on what you have on any drive connected to the net. All of the defenses are for hackers the agencies know what your doing wher3e and what you access on the net phone fax even snail mail if your that interesting. if your phone is on even what you say.

    Encryption since the 90's have all had a backdoor if you want real encryption older encryption software using AES, DES, Blowfish and encrypt the info. then palace in a jpg or gif and then encrypt that. with a different type and a different password if you send the password un-encrypted well may as well just send it without encryption. I think they have all gone to AES DES is old hat but again we are trying to avoid criminal hackers the big boys have the horse power so brute force crack anything just takes a while longer. they got in to an IPhone I guess that Apple is to unsophisticated to know they pay for information so anyone in your company can make some extra cash working for them on the side. another disturbing trent is the H1 visa those foreigners watch learn and take it back, some play for the other team spy informant employee it's all semantics.
    Last edited: May 29, 2018
  8. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    Heh, I have to bounce the router 3 times a week due to garbage Spectrum service.
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  9. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Here's what I usually say:
    You're not that important, Snowflake. Chances are, nothing substantial is ever going to happen to you in your entire, boring life.

    Stop using Windows operating systems.
    Your modem is often auto updated by your ISP.
    The best thing you can do for router/network security is to use strong passwords and enable the best encryption -and never permit remote assistance. For crying out loud, stop using Microsoft if you can manage to.

    "The actors used VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers. The malware is able to perform multiple functions, including possible information collection, device exploitation, and blocking network traffic."

    Some of the router manufacturers may not even have an update for months. Also, there's no guarantee that your router may be susceptible, or if this "threat" is even legitimate, given the nature of past reports of Russian "hacking" and the DNC, which was carried out by the DNC and not Russian hackers.
  10. Lancer

    Lancer TANSTAFL! Site Supporter+++

    f that.
    My router is a rom based linux box I built from spare parts. The wifi is a completely separate device.
    It gets bounced only when I push a firmware update.
    Edit: More detail if anyone cares: A separate host, or in my case a virtual linux machine set up as the router, running off a read only SSD, a DMZ created using a virtual switch, and a Centos firewall, with used Cisco 802.11a access points. One for the house and one for the outbuildings. And no one close enough to get access unless they're in the driveway.
    A bit painful to build initially but wth - I do this stuff for a living.
    Last edited: May 30, 2018
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  11. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    If they were really that concerned, they just had to call up the NSA and have them reboot everyone's router, and their internet connected lights, washers and dryers and the fridge. Granted, rebooting the fridge may have caused them to lose their order it was going to place with Amazon .. but oh well.
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  12. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I got suspicious when the Feds were urging it !!! I think I'll take my chances not doing it . They don't have a very good track record these past few years .
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  13. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    monkeys the threat is real, this is real news.

    the suggested "fix" by the FBI aint much of a fix.
    Last edited: May 30, 2018
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  14. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Alphabet gov'ment services aren't exactly on my "trust" list.
    Oh, and:
  15. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Well, the one thing I am certain of is that "the Russians" aren't hacking people's routers and modems.
    It doesn't really matter "who" it is if it does pose a real threat -the question is -is this a real threat?

    I remain skeptical.
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  16. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    They told us to get under our desks for a nuclear attack, again not much of a fix.
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  17. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    I reboot mine often, but, not because the FBI says to do it. It just helps speed things up sometimes. BTW, I'm using Linux, would not even go online with a windoz computer if I had any other option.
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  18. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    commercially available routers are awful :(

    they rarely if ever get patched

    for this specific malware, rebooting an infected device will usually wipe out the layer 2 plus layer 3 infections [ not talking about networking layers ] but the layer 1 infection will remain .. the FBI might be hoping to counter-compromise the infected devices n patch them ..

    the best thing to do is to build yer own or have one built

    shameless plug trunk monkey can build custom routers but they aint cheap

    it does not matter where ya get the parts from, either build it yerselves or get highly trusted plus qualified folks to do it fer ya

    also some older, but not too old, PCs plus servers can act as routers if ya add some extra parts plus new drives to em .. trunk monkey can help with that too .. way cheaper that way if ya already have most of the parts ..

    the issue with older PCs plus servers is they will probably be loud, they will take up a lot of space, generate heat plus use a lot of energy, but they will usually be quite fast depending on the hardware specs (y) (y)

    also dump wifi, because it stinks, jus sayn

    Last edited: May 30, 2018
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  19. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Trunk Monkey? Who is that?

    So, you are for going with an all hardwired local network, over WiFi?
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  20. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    that would be us ;) ;)

    yep yep 100% wired

    however since Mrs. AoG might shoot ya, WiFi addons are available, but seriously dump WiFi if ya can

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