The Department of Homeland Security is aware of Russian based threat actors targeting network infrastructure devices.
The campaign launched Monday is designed to encourage businesses and individuals to protect their systems including routers, switches and firewalls through changing passwords and configuring their devices to prevent them from being hijacked.
Routers have long been known to be vulnerable to hijacking. Multiple studies have found that companies often install routers with the default passwords, or weak passwords such as 1-2-3-4, making them childs play to break into.
Assistant secretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security was quoted: “This is a global threat, once you own the router, you own the traffic that is traversing the router. It is fairly widespread and can cover everything from large enterprises to small home offices.”
Managed NSI clients should not worry as we have already updated routers to complex credentials. However if you are unsure of your firewall status please reach out to us.
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