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The FBI said the size and scope of the infrastructure impacted by VPNFilter malware is significant though how it started is yet to be found.

You can simply un-plug your router to turn it off.

Make sure your router and any other network devices you are using are updated to the latest firmware.

The FBI has reminded the world it wants us to reboot our routers to try and help it identify VPNFilter-affected routers.

A group of foreign actors used VPNFilter malware, which can stop routers from operating altogether and can possibly collect information passing through them.

Sofacy, also known as APT28 and Fancy Bear, has been blamed for numerous most dramatic Russian hacks, including that of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

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The DOJ said the move was meant to cut off the flow of communications from infected devices to the command and control server operated by the Russian cyber actors.

The FBI asked that the owners of small office and home office routers reboot to "temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices".

It could also give hackers access to personal information or even disable the router.

Specifically targeted in the attack are are Linksys, MikoTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link routers and QNAP network-attached storage devised.

When restarted, compromised routers will attempt to contact the Russian-backed web domain - now controlled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - which previously would have downloaded a malicious payload to reinfect the router.


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