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Cert-In issued virus alert regarding Wi-Fi routers

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Be cautious if you use an old Wi-Fi router in your home to stay connected to the Internet. Now is the time to update its firmware or buy a new router. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued an advisory on a new malware named Mozi. This malware is affecting IoT devices worldwide. This ‘virus alert’ has been issued for routers from Netgear, Huawei, D-Link and other brands.

Mozi malware is targeting retailers and DVRs, especially at home. CERT-In stated in its advisory, ‘This malware contains Gafgyt, Mirai and IoT Reaper source code, these are malware families targeting IoT devices.’

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Devices affected by this virus include Eir D1000 Router, Vacron NVR devices, devices using the Realtek SDK, Netgear R7000 and R6400, DGN1000 Netgear routers, MVPower DVR, Huawei Router HG532, D-Link devices, GPON and other routers.

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CERT-In has advised users to update their devices with patches. Apart from this, router manufacturers have also been asked to update at the time of release. If devices are infected, it has been suggested to reset the device firmware or restore it with a trusted backup. The government agency has suggested that UDP traffic from the device be monitored or blocked and moved to Bit Torrent DHT bootstrap nodes. Block outgoing TCP traffic with destination ports 22, 23, 2323, 80, 81, 5555, 7574, 8080, 8443, 37215, 49152 and 52869 if it is not in use.

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