The world of cyber crime is changing so quickly that it’s almost impossible to keep up with. Not only do people need to be wary of individual cyber crime, but state-sponsored cyber attacks are all too common. The most recent reminder hits very close to home for many United States residents.
The FBI recently announced that Russian hackers managed to compromise hundreds of thousands of homes and offices in the United States. The Russians gained access to people’s routers, which allowed them to access personal information and even shutdown network traffic if they needed to.
The good news is that the FBI obtained a court order that allowed them to seize the website that hackers were planning to use to give instructions to the routers. Unfortunately, while that means the hackers can’t control the routers right now, the routers are still infected.
The FBI has asked all U.S. citizens with a router to take the time to power cycle it. Rebooting the router will disrupt the malware and allow the agency to identify which routers were affected. People should also take the time to upgrade their routers firmware and change the password to the system.
The U.S. Justice Department identified the group behind the attack as Sofacy, which seems to answer to the Russian government. Sofacy has gone by several different monikers in the past, including Fancy Bear and APT28. This is the same group that is believed to be behind the Democratic National Committee attack during the U.S. presidential election of 2016.
Cyber crime is only going to become more prevalent in the future. We can only hope that we continue to get better at preventing it. What you can do to help is to make sure you have an up to date cyber-insurance policy. The staff at TGS Insurance are always willing to work with you to find the perfect insurance policy for your needs. Visit www.tgsinsurance.com to learn more.