Your Alexa been a little 'icy' lately?   Routers all the rage for next-gen hacks.                                      

Russians, routers, and risk.

Hi there,

You might want to grab the Stoli' for this one.

In an unprecedented move, the US and the UK in a milestone agreement are partnering to warn that the trend for cyber risk is to target you.

NY Times Apr16 US UK warn router attacks

The joint warning is meant to prod individuals to take action and protect themselves because Russia is hacking their homes, businesses, and offices by hacking their routers and controlling their internet connected devices. 

You will soon start to notice a pick-up on the router-theme. They will sound like this: "Cybercriminals Hijack Routers to Distribute Banking Trojan" - the headline and article we link below. 


Because, the router is your on-ramp and port-of-entry to your digital self.

Whether at home, office, or business, the router is the gateway where your every bit passes. When hacked, your information is collected and devices controlled by a third party.

The Dark Web is full of resources for would-be router hackers for anyone from the professional cybercriminal, to the kid down the street - serial numbers, passwords, user names, ... whatever you need - it's all available for a price. 

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Of course it makes sense that our routers are all the rage for bad actors everywhere. It's that single point where everything digital happens, and they're easy to hijack - one at a time, or en masse.

I wrote this, and hope you will read more here: "Router Hacks, the Russians, and Alexa Wears a Babushka." The piece includes Resources and References for password changes across all your routers.

I don't know if your router-connected Alexa is the next Mata Hari in a babushka, or not.  But, in the final analysis, if she starts insisting you call her "Olga," you know it's high time to call us. 

Thanks for reading,

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