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FBI urges U.S. residents to restart their routers immediately

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by Courtney Pomeroy/ABC7

The FBI put out a public service announcement Friday, recommending that any owner of a small office or home office internet router reboot the device due to "foreign cyber actors."

Those actors "have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide," the FBI says. "The actors used VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers."

They report that the malware may be able to collect information, exploit the devices and even block network traffic.

"The size and scope of the infrastructure impacted by VPNFilter malware is significant," according to the PSA. "The malware targets routers produced by several manufacturers and network-attached storage devices by at least one manufacturer."

Router owners are also advised to consider disabling remote management settings on devices and secure with strong passwords and encryption when enabled. Network devices should be upgraded to the latest available versions of firmware.

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