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Default National Reboot your Router Day

Thanks to media attention, the FBI has provided me with a busy day or
two. According to the press release, we're expected to reboot every
router to flush out the malware the evil Russians have installed:
The list of affected routers is rather small:
Easy enough. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, some experts, news agencies, and pundits have mixed up "reboot"
with "reset" your router[1]. Instructions are provided for inserting
paper clips and sharp instruments into any available hole in the back
of the router. Few seem to offer assistance in identifying which box
is the router. Doing a reboot will preserve the router settings.
Doing a reset will wipe them clean and precipitate a support call (to
me). So far, I only have 2 router reconfigurations on my schedule for
today, but I'm sure there will be more.

Therefore, I would like to thank everyone involved for generating the
work, and special thanks to Comcast and AT&T for disabling customer
firmware updates and save settings in their gateways and routers.

Update: I just received a phone call asking which box is the router.
This is going to be an interesting day.

[1] The probable culprit is the various Comcast VoIP gateways that
have an optional built in backup battery. In order to reboot these,
it is necessary to unplug the power from the gateway, remove the
battery for about 15 seconds, plug the battery back in, plug the power
back in, and watch the lights come sloooooowly back on.

Jeff Liebermann
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