Today, we're taking the opportunity to raise awareness on a newly identified malware and how to protect yourselves. Mirai is malware that turns Internet of Things (IoT) devices into remotely controlled botnets that can be used in large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. It primarily targets online consumer devices such as cameras, printers, routers, home theater systems, smart thermostats and other online appliances.
Mirai continuously scans the internet for these IoT devices and infects them by using a table of common factory default usernames and passwords to log into them.
What impact does it have on us?
With the release of the Mirai source code on the Internet, there are increased risks of more botnets being generated. Botnet attacks can severely disrupt an organization’s communications or cause significant financial harm.
Software that is not designed to be secure contains vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Software-connected devices collect data and credentials that could then be sent to an adversary’s collection point in a back-end application.
What measures should we take?
In order to remove the malware from an infected IoT device, users and administrators should take the following action:
Disconnect device from the network.
While disconnected from the network and Internet, perform a reboot. Mirai malware exists in dynamic memory, rebooting the device clears the malware.
Ensure that the password for accessing the device has been changed from the default to something stronger.
Contact your IoT device manufacturer to get help with security patches and updated firmware.
Disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) on routers unless absolutely necessary.
You should reconnect to the network only after rebooting and changing the password. If you reconnect before changing the password, the device could be quickly re-infected with the Mirai malware.
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These days, our customers have more and more devices online at the same time in their homes.
To help you manage and optimize your home WiFi, we’re launching the Rogers MyWiFi app.
It’s the easiest way for you to control your home WiFi. The app is free to download and currently available for early access from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Please refer to the highlights below.
• Rogers Internet service
• Compatible Rogers modem (Hitron CODA-4582 and CODA-4582U to start, more models coming soon)
• Works only when connected to Rogers home WiFi
• App designed for smartphone use only
With the MyWiFi app, you can:
• See all the devices connected to your home WiFi network
• Control online access for kids with automatic WiFi bedtime schedules
• Pause or block Internet access for devices as you choose
• Easily reset or share your WiFi password
• Create a separate, secure network for your guests
• Test the speeds (up to 1 Gbps) from the internet to your modem and to your device
With troubleshooting tools and automatic alerts you can optimize your WiFi signal and security without having to call our technical support. You'll also have the ability to customize your modem settings with advanced controls!
It's that time of year, time to begin the next chapter of our Resident Expert program. In this update, we welcome some new faces to our team but also saying farewell to some familiar faces.
We would like everyone to give a warm welcome to our newest members to our Resident Expert team,@nasa25 & @57!
If you're not familiar with the Resident Experts, they are tenured members of the community who have a demonstrated track record of posting helpful, objective responses and have committed a significant amount of their time to building the Rogers Community Forums.
They're identified by the Resident Expert rank and icon in the community:
We would also like to thank again @OLDYELLR, @Meowmix and @robindp for their past contributions to our Community. We are sad to see them leave our Resident Experts team.
Why should I become a Resident Expert?
Resident Experts get access to a private board where we'll be asking for feedback on Community-related decisions from design to features to programs; they also get a special rank in the Community and a few other exclusive privileges.
RE's are NOT Rogers employees; RE's are volunteers in the community and we're grateful for their help!
How do I become a Resident Expert?
We're always on the lookout for new members to invite to the Resident Expert program. Do you consistently provide help to other users in the community? Do you have a positive attitude towards Rogers and our community? You never know … we might tap you on the shoulder one day!
Think we should consider you as a Resident Expert? Feel free to reach out via PM.
Congratulations to our new Resident Experts! We're proud that you've chosen to hang out here with us and share your knowledge and passion with the rest of the community!
As the biggest stars of the NHL hit the ice for the opening puck drop, Sportsnet will be rinkside to deliver exclusive national English-language coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season, beginningWednesday, Oct. 3.
As Canada’s Home of Hockey, the opening week of Sportsnet’s national NHL broadcast schedule features 11 must-see national matchups with all seven Canadian teams in action. Returning for another season, Sportsnet’s marquee nights –Hockey Night in Canada,Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey and Rogers™ Hometown Hockey™– also get underway this week and will continue to headline Sportsnet’s regular season coverage.
Some new and returning faces anchor Sportsnet’s hockey coverage this season withJeff MarekjoiningScotiabank Wednesday Night Hockeyas host andCaroline Camerontaking on the hosting role forHockey Central Tonight. Marek will also share hosting duties withDavid AmberonHockey Central at NoonwhileBrian BurkejoinsHockey Night in Canadaon Saturday nights and theScotiabank Wednesday Night Hockeypanel.
Adding to its NHL lineup, Sportsnet is also launching the inaugural season ofSportsnet#IceSurfingon Twitter, beginningTuesday, Oct. 9. Hosted by Marek alongside analystJason YorkandSteve Dangle, who will be monitoring and interacting with the show’s audience on the social platform,Sportsnet #IceSurfingprovides fans with a new way to watch the sport they love. Set to stream weekly on Sportsnet’s Twitter account, #IceSurfing follows all the excitement by jumping from game to game to show highlights, provide up-to-the-minute analysis and share immediate reactions of all the evening’s biggest plays.
Below are the broadcast details and channel allocations for NHL opening week on Sportsnet. All games listed are available to stream live onRogers NHL LIVEandSportsnet NOW.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT –Hockey Central @ Noon(Sportsnet ONE) (Sportsnet 590 The FAN)
6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT –Hockey Central Tonight(Sportsnet)
7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT –Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey – Doubleheader
Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs (Sportsnet & Sportsnet 360) (Sportsnet 4K)
Calgary Flames @ Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet & Sportsnet 360)