The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that a new malware threat has rapidly infected more than half-a-million consumer devices. The FBI and security firms are urging home Internet users to reboot routers and network-attached storage devices made by a range of technology manufacturers to help stop the spread of the malware.

The growing menace — dubbed VPNFilter — targets Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link networking equipment in the small and home office space, as well as QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices, according to researchers at Cisco.

Experts currently know the malware can do two things well: Steal Web site credentials; and issue a self-destruct command, effectively rendering infected devices inoperable for most consumers.

According to Cisco, here’s a list of the known affected devices:

LINKSYS DEVICES:

  • E1200
  • E2500
  • WRVS4400N

MIKROTIK ROUTEROS VERSIONS FOR CLOUD CORE ROUTERS:

  • 1016
  • 1036
  • 1072

NETGEAR DEVICES:

  • DGN2200
  • R6400
  • R7000
  • R8000
  • WNR1000
  • WNR2000

QNAP DEVICES:

  • TS251
  • TS439 Pro
  • Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software

TP-LINK DEVICES:

  • R600VPN

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell if your device is infected. It is recommended that you contact your technology service provider to address this vulnerability.

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