Router malware around the world has some concerned locally

Published: May. 30, 2018 at 11:33 PM EDT
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By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News

May 31, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee resident Gloria Griffin believes she was a target of malware, receiving threatening messages that reportedly connect back to Russia.

"They said that they have been going through my computer and that they saw that I had a lot of things. Something to do with malware that I shouldn't have," said Griffin, who is now retired after working in the communication industry.

The threat, known as VPN Filter, has infected about 500,000 routers around the world in an attempt to gain precious information.

"It's going into that device without you knowing it, it's taking over the device and it's watching for data. It's looking for specific things," said Blake Dowling, the CEO of Aegis.

The FBI is recommending everyone restart their devices to better protect themselves.

"There's always like 24/7 somebody trying to break into your stuff," said James Farr.

Gloria says she's going to restart her router, but believes she's already been a victim.

"They're saying it could happen, it's already happening," she exclaimed.

With her bank account defrauded twice already, she has concerns about her own privacy while using wireless devices.

"I don't want them coming in checking my information. It may not mean a hill of beans to nobody but me, but I want that privacy," said Griffin.

The FBI says they have stopped critical parts of the malware. Routers included in the attack include TP Link, Netgear and Linksys.