Hashtag Trending – Russian router hack; Lenovo Z5 teased; Canadian banks suffer breach

The FBI asks if you’ve tried turning it off and back on again, Lenovo’s new Z5 smartphone sounds impressive, and two Canadian banks are reporting a new data breach that affects customers.

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Trending on Google, the FBI wants you to turn your router off and back on again. That’s right, America’s federal law enforcers want you to do exactly what you do every time your Internet goes down. Except that this time, they’re hoping that it helps disrupt a Russian malware attack. The attack was first detected on Friday and it apparently affects thousands of routers. The malware can block web traffic, collect information, and even disable the device altogether. Beyond just rebooting your router, the FBI asks that you upgrade the firmware, set a new password, and disable any remote management settings.

Also trending on Google is the soon-to-be-released Lenovo Z5 smartphone. Slated for launch on June 5 from Beijing, it looks like this smartphone underdog could be ready to turn some heads. First of all, this phone will have a truly bezel-less design. It won’t even have a notch on the front to contain a front-facing camera. And a company executive hinted the device could have as much as 4 terabytes of storage – unprecedented for a smartphone. Also, battery life could last for 45 days on standby. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Lenovo’s claims are too good to be true.

Trending on Facebook, two of Canada’s largest banks are reporting new data breaches that could affect thousands of customers. Simplii Financial, a brand of CIBC’s, says a hack may have compromised the account information of 40,000 customers. It was contacted by hackers claiming responsibility for the attack on Sunday. So was BMO, where some client information was also leaked. It’s suspected the attacks came from outside of Canada. If you’re a client at either of these banks, update your online access password and your debit card PIN. Keep a close eye on your account for any suspicious activity.

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Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

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