FBI To America: Reboot Your Routers, Right Now

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The FBI has issued a dire warning to everyone who has a router in their home. The Internet Crime Complaint Center sent a rare Public Service Announcement declaring: "Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide."

http://start.att.net/news/read/article/popular_mechanics-fbi_to_america_reboot_your_routers_right_no...
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Bradley

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Seems like if it was a real issue for most people, the isp’s would just reboot modems from their end.
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wm4bama, Champion

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I think most folks have a separate router and a modem so rebooting the modem would do nothing, ISP's can't force a separate router to reboot... it may work for folks that have a combo router-modem.
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Bradley

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True. I had our wonderful combo in mind :).
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So those of us that have built in routers from viasat don't have to worry, viasat took care of this from their end?
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Bradley

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No. Reboot once for peace of mind. Good for it anyhow .
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Susan Jenulis

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this forum is peace of mind, thanks to the fine people who post here.  I will reboot here at home to confirm.  
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Dave Eicher

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I had a D Link one I think was compromised. I was using much more data than I usually do. I bought another one and don't seem to have the issue anymore.
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Eh, my router is reboot every time I turn it off after a session and turn it on with the next.  I don't leave anything of mine on.  Heck, normally I don't even use my own router, but have been lately to compare data usage to what HughesNet says I'm using.  
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wm4bama, Champion

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There's still a free version, I use it about once a month...

https://www.malwarebytes.com/pricing/
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GabeU, Champion

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There's still a free version, I use it about once a month...
As mentioned, it starts as a trial version of the full product,  then reverts to the free version, which is on demand.  It changed to being this way about a year or so ago.  
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I use the paid version of Malwarebytes in real time. It is not that expensive and it has caught malware before downloading that nothing else did. Beware that it has compatibility issues with some antivirus software.
I use Hitman as a second opinion to keep my computer clean. I have not been infected ever when using the combination of Malwarebytes, AV, and Hitman.
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wm4bama, Champion

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The pro (paid) version says it will do all of your A/V and security functions and user should uninstall any other protection programs..
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I've never used the paid version, save for the 14 day trial when I had to reinstalled it after performing a clean install of W10 1709.   I use the free version in conjunction with Webroot Antivirus, which I've found to work well and use little data (which is surprising, considering it's cloud based).  Both have kept me pretty safe, along with staying away from websites known to be rife with malware.  
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ummmm i remembering... i had trouble getting my router to work... but some reason... i was able to make it work :3 (this was like 2 weeks ago though :/  ) plus... i have a netgear n900 (i dont know if my router was affected or not... ill check onto the netgear site to see if there is any new firmware i should update after imma done typing this :3  )

and @VeteranSatUser i think i might have to do what your doing :3 seems more of a way to reboot my modem AND my router everyday :3 THANKS FOR THE TIP!!! :3

P.S.!!! i did rebooted my router when i saw this post... soooo... i did... i think imma safe now i think... but gonna go onto the netgear website to see if there is any new firmware after imma done typing this :3
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It's just good practice to reboot devices on a regular basis.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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exactly!
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Thanks wm4bama!

Unfortunately we can't reboot everyone's modem/router at once but we would strongly encourage everyone with a router to do this
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Great. I rebooted but it seemed extremely unlikely that this would rid a router of any virus but a reboot doesn't hurt anything and can clear junk so I at least did that. Thanks for the prompt response and it is good to know Viasat uses proprietary software.
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Proprietary router with proprietary software? That sure helped Asus in this situation and it's always kept virus' off of microsoft software. Perhaps you mean to say that its a closed system? I guess I should ignore that viasat hardware has been rooted as well? There's only one aspect that makes viasat's hardware safe and there's only one thing that will ever make it safe, it's rarity.
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No, I meant to say exactly what I did.  
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And thus again, Most every router is developed with a specific companies proprietary design and the majority of them use proprietary software. Microsoft windows is proprietary software.
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Yes, Ronald, routers use proprietary software.  My point was that ViaSat uses their own router in their modem and their own software/firmware to run that router/modem, so the chances that their devices would be at risk like commercially sold routers is about nil.  The router part of ViaSat's modem is designed to specifically work in conjunction with their modem.  Commercially available routers are different in that regard.  
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I have my PC, monitor, Mac Mini, modem, router, and xbox all plugged into my surge protector. It's has a switch I can reach with my foot. I just hit that switch every night when I call it quits. Shuts everything down until the next morning when I hit the switch again and fire everything back up.
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By older, I mean well used.  Brand new ones should work fine, as Bev says.  As they age, they tend to lose the ability to provide steady power.  At least enough for the modem to notice it.
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Bev and Matt, thanks.  I have co-op power here too and yesterday and today have been bad with short power outages which is very unusual for my co-op as they are generally very good.  Will get that new surge protector and backup battery power ordered this weekend.
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Like any other piece of technology, you're doing amazingly well if you get 5 years out of it. (Custom built and upgraded hardware computers excepted here since one, with upgrades can last you longer.)

I replace the USP every 3 years, use the old ones for TVs, the microwave, digital clocks, things like that were it's cool to have the battery power so you don't have to reset clocks over power outages under one hour. :)

Also good for camping, charge it up off the generator or inverting in the car, kill the power source before bed, have light for an hour or two in the tent off the old USP.
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Mine last almost 10 years but it was a good one.  Never thought about using an old one for camping.  Great idea!
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I like this one   OPTI-UPS ES1000C.  It handles my generator power  as well.

Bev, I replace the batteries in my UPS every few years and get a much longer life out of a UPS that way.  It saves money too.
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One advantage of being on Viasat is getting random IP addresses...A hacker will not have your IP address and to attack your router via a satellite connection is almost impossible.  The only way for sure for a hack happening to your router is from you visiting a web site that allows hidden malware or opening an email with the malware hidden in that email.