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VPNFilter, a malware that led the FBI to recommend everyone reboot their router, affects more brands of routers than originally thought, according to Cisco, whose Talos research team first identified the malware. Talos also discovered a new functionality in VPNFilter, which allows it to covertly add its own code to internet traffic.

Why it matters: The ability to add code means that VPNFilter is more than just a surveillance tool — it can also install malware onto the systems connected to the router.

New brands: Originally, VPNFilter was thought to target home routers from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link. Cisco now reports models from ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE are also affected.

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U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.