FBI Takes Control of APT28's VPNFilter Botnet

The FBI obtained a court order and now has full command and control over a server of a botnet with over 500,000 routers and NAS devices known as VPNFilter. The FBI confirmed ownership and control of the botnet was from a Russian cyber-espionage unit widely known as APT28. VPNFilter has been deemed extremely dangerous due to its nation-state origin as well as its ability to brick devices by wiping firmware, intercept network traffic and search for SCADA equipment. The FBI has recommended to reboot network devices to reconnect to the command and control server so that the FBI can see the botnet's real size and to let ISP's know.

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