The FBI on Friday issued a formal warning that a sophisticated Russia-linked hacking campaign is compromising hundreds of thousands of home network devices worldwide and it is advising owners to reboot these devices in an attempt to disrupt the malicious software.
The law enforcement agency said foreign cyber actors are targeting routers in small or home offices with a botnet — or a network of infected devices — known as VPNFilter.
Cybersecurity experts and officials say VPNFilter has infected an estimated 500,000 devices worldwide.
Truth be told, home WiFi is actually severely under-protected. Several years back I was the victim of identity theft over a WiFi network that was thought to be risk-free. I made a couple purchases online with my credit card and BAM! Secured network? Tell that to the guy who tried to buy several thousands of dollars worth of electronics equipment in my name.
You home WiFi is probably vulnerable, too. Find out why and what to do.