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Incredible! Someone Just Hacked 10,000 Routers to Make them More Secure

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 10:38 PM


Has anyone ever heard about a "Vigilante-style Hacker," who hacks every possible system to make them more Secure?
No. It's not funny, neither a movie story:
Reportedly, someone is hacking thousands unprotected Wi-Fi routers everywhere and apparently forcing owners to make them more Secure.
Security firm Symantec has discovered a new malware, dubbed "Linux.Wifatch" a.k.a "Ifwatch," infected more than 10,000 vulnerable 'Internet of Things' devices, and spreading quickly.

However, Linux.Wifatch not only removes malicious backdoor but also encourages users to update their weak passwords.
How Does Linux.Wifatch Work?
Once a device is infected, the Linux.Wifatch malware connects to a peer-to-peer network that is being used to distribute threat updates.
Linux.Wifatch's code does not deploy any payload for malicious activities, such as to carry out DDoS attacks, rather it detects and remediates the known families of malicious codes present on the compromised devices.


Incredible! Someone Just Hacked 10,000 Routers to Make them More Secure

Edited by hamluis, 18 October 2015 - 04:09 AM.
Moved from External Hardware to Gen Security - Hamluis.

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 01:04 AM

White hat malware... gotta love it.

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 01:22 AM



White hat malware... gotta love it.


I love it too.

#4 Ted Striker

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 09:42 PM

On one hand I think this is great but on the other hand, they're still compromising routers and there's no way of knowing if one day they will decide to be evil instead of good.

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