This appeal was issued by the FBI after the discovery of a malware attack known to have infected approximately 500,000 network devices are used at home and small-scale businesses in more than 50 countries around the world.
The latter malware known to be known as the VPN filter malware is used by hackers to steal sensitive user information.
Not only to retrieve credential information, malware can also be used to damage the router, so the network device will be permanently damaged and can not be reused.
Found some time ago by digital security experts from Cisco Talos, VPNFilter malware is allegedly developed and spread by hackers from Russia.
This is reinforced by the statement of the authorities from the United States who called if the malware maker is a network of Sofacy Group that directly leads to the government of Vladimir Putin.
In addition to Mikrotik, researchers from Cisco Talos also mentioned if some other brands of router devices such as made by Linksys, Netgear, QNAP, and TP-Link also indicated to be infected by malware VPNFilter.
Therefore, users are advised to immediately disable device settings remotely using encryption, upgrade their devices, and make password changes with new ones as soon as possible.
In a report, the Cisco states if this malware is a very dangerous malware. "VPNFilter malware is a gradual, modular platform with versatile capabilities to support the intelligent gathering of intelligence and cyber attack operations," Cisco wrote in a report published on their official website.
If you are one of the users of the network device, it is advisable to immediately do the anticipation by doing the factory reset your router.