In today’s news: A story broke over the weekend about a malware called Wifatch – a router virus that is seeking out vulnerable devices and helping secure them!
Being described as ethical malware or vigilante malware, what wifatch is doing is infecting thousands of routers and protecting them from more powerful, well known kinds of malware. It even tells hardware owners to change their telnet passwords or update their firmware.
Remember, it is an infection and your router is still being hacked – but so far it appears that the people spreading linux/wifatch are not doing anything malicious
As it infects the devices, wifatch closes the door behind it, stopping other kids of malware from using the same exploit. For now, it seems white hat hacking is on the agenda, however it is possible the the mysterious creators could use the malware for malicious ends further down the line – we’ll have to wait and see.
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