The FBI wants you to reboot your router. Here's why.

The Netgear R6400 router is among those potentially affected by the malware. (Photo: Netgear via Amazon)

WASHINGTON (WTHR) - The FBI wants you to reboot your router.

The agency issued a warning Friday, reporting "foreign cyber actors" targeted small office and home routers using VPNFilter malware. They say the scope of the impact of the attack is "significant" and that the malware can render routers inoperable and possibly collect information that passes through the route.

According to Ars Technica, several major router manufacturers are among those that could be affected by the attack, including Linksys, Netgear and TP-Link.

To stop the spread of the malware and to help the FBI potentially identify infected devices, the bureau is asking owners to reboot their routers. Other suggestions from the FBI and router manufacturers including disabling remote management settings, securing your router with strong passwords and upgrading your device to the latest firmware.

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