VPNFilter’s existence was brought to light in May after the malware was analyzed by several cybersecurity firms. The malware infected at least half a million routers and network-attached storage (NAS) devices across more than 50 countries – it targets over 50 types of devices from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, QNAP, ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL and ZTE.
The malware, whose main target appears to be Ukraine, has been linked to Russia. Cybersecurity firms and authorities in the United States have taken steps to neutralize VPNFilter, but Cisco Talos, which has spearheaded the investigation, says it can still be difficult to detect the malware in the wild.
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