We highlight current cyber security threats in New Zealand, and provide guidance on what to do if they affect you.

3:40pm, 7 June 2018

TLP Rating: Clear

New malware found on routers

New malware called VPNFilter is targeting routers used in small or home offices.

In New Zealand, these routers are not commonly given out by your internet service provider. They are more commonly found in homes or businesses where routers have been purchased from third parties. 

What's happening

Systems affected

Check if your router is affected by checking the model number on the device and seeing if it’s on the list of affected devices. The model number is usually on the front, underside or back of the device.

Talos: List of affected devices External Link

The affected devices do not appear to be commonly provided in New Zealand.

As far as we know, no other vendors and models are affected.

What to do


If your router model is in the list, then you may be affected.

If your router was provided by your ISP, contact your ISP for assistance with removing the malware.

If your router was purchased elsewhere, review our technical advice. You may need to contact IT support to work through this advice.

CERT NZ's technical advisory on VPNWare

More information

If you’ve been affected by this scam or need further support, submit a report on our website or contact us on 0800 CERTNZ.

For more information, read our technical advisory.

Report an incident to CERT NZ