Russian Hackers Are Targeting Routers

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Russian hackers have been very busy the past few years, but now they may be targeting you, through your router.

The Homeland Security Department, the FBI and the U.K.'s National Cybersecurity Centre issued a joint announcement Monday to warn citizens about the Russian spy campaign to infiltrate routers around the globe. The hackers are targeting routers belonging to internet service providers and government agencies, but are also going after home and office routers.

"Once you own the router, you own the traffic," said Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communication at the Homeland Security Department, in a conference call.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Make sure your router and all of your other devices are updated. Change your router's password, and make sure it's a strong password (and no, the word "password" is not a good password). Do this through your router's admin panel.

To learn more, check out the video below from CNET