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BendBroadband modem not affected by Russian malware

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking more than 500,000 Americans to reboot their routers. This is because hackers infected consumer-level routers used in homes and small offices with malware. The incident is believed to be a Russian military-related hacking and has affected half a million routers and storage devices in 54 countries, including the United States.

Affected devices could include routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and one network-attached storage device from QNAP. The good news is that BendBroadband’s Wireline Actiontec modems are not affected by this malware. However, if a customer has a third-party router behind the modem, that could still be vulnerable.

This modular, multi-stage malware has been named “VPN Filter.” It is capable of monitoring what sites you’re visiting on the internet. Worse, it also includes a self-destruct feature that could render infected devices inoperable, cutting off user access to the internet.

The FBI released a statement recommending that owners of home and small office routers reboot their devices to stop the virus from progressing into further stages of infection. According to a statement released by the Department of Justice, a reboot will give the government the ability to track communications sent by infected devices to help them “identify and remediate the infection worldwide.”

By August Braun, communications intern

How to avoid online dating scams

Looking for love? In this digital age, many turn to online forums to find it. While many do find great relationships or fun dates through dating websites, others have felt the sting of costly scams. Monetary loss coupled with a broken heart? Far from a match made in heaven. It’s easy to get heart eyes… Continue Reading

Data Privacy Day: Talking with your children

Data Privacy Day: Talking with your children

Home access to computers and the internet has expanded dramatically over the last two decades. According to Child Trends, more and more children, some as young as three-years-old, are accessing the online world.  With this trend continuing for years to come, it’s important to include them in conversations about safe internet usage and data privacy. Sunday, Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day.… Continue Reading

How Meltdown and Spectre affects you

Meltdown and Spectre are names given to two different security bugs found in June of 2017 by Google. These bugs are far-reaching and impact a wide-range of computers, mobile devices and servers across many operating systems, such as iOS, MacOS, Android, Blackberry, Linux, and Microsoft. Google has been working with various companies, including Apple, Microsoft,… Continue Reading

Billions of Bluetooth devices at risk

Billions of Bluetooth devices at risk

A new attack targeting devices such as phones, laptops, desktops, and IoT (Internet of Things) devices with Bluetooth could allow someone nearby to take control of your device without you noticing. Armis Labs, an IoT security research firm, recently released information about BlueBorne which is impacts Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems with Bluetooth… Continue Reading