Viruses can infect computers without users’ knowledge.
Most types of antivirus software can be set up to update automatically.
For example, the Slingshot APT (believed to be a US Army JSOC operation targeting ISIS militants) has used hacked Mikro Tik routers to infect victims with malware.
Similarly, the Inception Framework APT, another nation-state-backed cyber-espionage operation, hacked home routers and built a network of proxies it could hide behind using an attack known as UPn Proxy. There are many more other examples that are not known to the public. "From our own research, we've spotted the Lucky Mouse APT [using routers] for hosting their command and control servers, which is kind of unusual," the expert said.
Some operating systems offer free spyware protection, and inexpensive software is readily available for download on the Internet or at your local computer store.
Be wary of ads on the Internet offering downloadable antispyware—in some cases these products may be fake and may actually contain spyware or other malicious code. Computer operating systems are periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes.
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If it detects malicious code, like a virus or a worm, it works to disarm or remove it.A very good example is SYNful Knock, a malicious implant for Cisco [routers] that was discovered by Fire Eye but also threat actors such as Regin and Cloud Atlas.Both APTs have been known to have and own proprietary router implants." But the number of APTs leveraging routers for attacks has gone steadily up in the past year, and the tactic has become quite widespread in 2018.For the the latest e-scams and warnings, visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.The same advice parents might deliver to young drivers on their first solo journey applies to everyone who wants to navigate safely online."So, all in all, I would say that we're seeing more and more of these router attacks, and for sure we will see even more in the upcoming months throughout the year and the upcoming years for sure." Currently, Kaspersky classifies routers as a "growing areas of risk" for APT operations, next to the recent wave of newly-disclosed CPU vulnerabilities, such as Meltdown, Spectre, Chimera, Ryzen Fall, Fallout, and Master Key, which fellow Kaspersky researcher Vicente Diaz sees as a threat as threat actors will learn to weaponize for attacks.Hamas Lures Israeli Soldiers to Malware Disguised in World Cup and Dating Apps Black Tech APT Steals D-Link Cert for Cyber-Espionage Campaign Cyber-Espionage Group Returns With New Attacks After One Year Iranian APT Poses As Israeli Cyber-Security Firm That Exposed Its Operations Fire Eye Refutes Claims That It Hacked Back a Chinese APT Catalin Cimpanu is the Security News Editor for Bleeping Computer, where he covers topics such as malware, breaches, vulnerabilities, exploits, hacking news, the Dark Web, and a few more.More incidents still need to be investigated, such as the mysterious case of synchronized router reboots."One thing interesting in Q1 , we've seen a Govcert advisory on unusual reboots for a prominent router brand."And I think this is a quite significant statement because if you look at the number of reports about router malware and router attacks, it's actually very few of them.So saying that this is the preferred attack route this actually means that there's a lot going on that we don't see.