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Sat, 26 May 2018 09:30:16 +0000

Reboot your router now to flush out malware, says the FBI

As it continues to investigate the VPNFilter malware that's gripped hundreds of thousands of routers worldwide, the FBI has advised consumers and office managers in the US to reset their network boxes to try and flush out at least part of the malicious code.

"The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices," the Bureau said in a statement. "VPNFilter is able to render small office and home office routers inoperable. The malware can potentially also collect information passing through the router."

In other words, the malware can spy on your internet activities or shut down your router entirely. It's still unclear exactly what the overall purpose of VPNFilter is, or who might be behind it, but the FBI says it's making progress in shutting its network down.

Are you infected?

There's still plenty we don't know about the VPNFilter malware, outside of the obvious fact that it's a huge problem. Cisco's security team Talos has said more than 500,000 routers have been hit in over 54 countries worldwide, with a particular focus on the Ukraine.

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