Federal Bureau of Investigation urging Americans to reboot internet routers now

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Rebooting internet routers will "temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices", according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The malware can collect information, block network traffic and exploit devices in other ways. There's surely more to it, but it has been recommended that all home routers or small office routers get a restart, which should clear the immediate threat. The law enforcement agency also recommends that users install new firmware and choose a new secure password.

USA law enforcement officials have already acted to help disrupt the VPNFilter malware and its associated botnet. VIDEO: How to reboot your router to avoid malware Typically, consumer or small business grade routers do not have anti-virus protection. You can also disable remote management settings on devices, and make sure your password protection is strong. They believe it's the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee before the presidential election in 2016.

The FBI said it would gather the IP addresses of infected devices, and pass those to the Shadowserver Foundation to disseminate among ISPs and non-US CERTs.

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Unfortunately, there's no easy way to tell if your router has been compromised by VPNFilter, according to CNET.

Earlier, Cisco Systems Inc said the hacking campaign targeted devices from Belkin International's Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear Inc, TP-Link and QNAP.

More information about the cyberthreat is available on the FBI's website. Although this ability has since been disabled, the routers still remain infected if no further action has been taken on the part of the owners. IoT started with computers, phones and tablets, but quickly has expanded to include voice-over-internet phone services, doorbells, security camera networks, thermostats, connected home devices such as Alexa, and even refrigerators.