Personal information hacked in 100,000+ homes

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The malware is able to collect information, exploit devices and block network traffic, according to the release.

The FBI is asking everyone to do a reboot of their routers because it should destroy part of the malware.

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The FBI nonetheless is urging all small office and home router owners to reboot devices even if they were not made by one of the affected vendors.

Devices infected by VPNFilter include routers from makers like Cisco/Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR, and TP-Link. Rebooting will disable the malware only temporarily, but that's OK: The bureau has seized a key web domain connected with the attack and will be able to detect the IP address of routers that hackers are attempting to re-infect. Most devices in homes and businesses come equipped with default credentials which are easily stolen by hackers. QNAP storage devices are also known to be affected. The hackers used VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers.

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Cisco released the report on Wednesday after observing a spike this month in infections in the Ukraine, which accused Russian Federation of planning an attack to coincide with Saturday's Champions Cup final in Kiev. To combat the malware, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a public service announcement asking homes and businesses to reset their routers.

If you've had router issues in the past, you're probably familiar with the rebooting process.

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Owners are also encouraged to disable remote management systems and use strong passwords and encryption. The alert also added that updating firmware on network devices should help.

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