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FBI warns that all routers should be rebooted to avoid Russian malware

The FBI has issued a security warning that all home and small office routers should be rebooted after discovering sophisticated Russian-linked “VPNFilter” malware infecting at least 500,000 networking devices.

The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely, the bureau announced.

According to the Justice Department, the Sofacy Group, also known as APT28, or FancyBear, is responsible for the attack. The group, believed to be directed by Russia’s military intelligence agency, is the group that hacked the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election.