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    A newly discovered router virus actually fights off malware

    Makes you wonder how long it will be in "Protection" mode.
    http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/1/94...lware-security


    Dubbed Linux.Wifatch, the bug behaves like a regular virus from the outside: infecting the device, operating undetected, and coordinating actions through a peer-to-peer network. But instead of performing DDoS attacks or looking for sensitive data, Wifatch's main role seems to be keeping other viruses out. It stays up to date on virus definitions through its peer-to-peer network, deletes any malware discovered, and cuts off other channels malware would typically use to attack the router. In short, Wifatch is actually protecting its victims.

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    I'm suspicious of anything that installs and operates unawares, no matter how much "good" it might be doing at the moment.

    I'd be curious to know if whoever is behind Wifatch is also behind whatever attacks it "protects" you from.

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    I'd be curious to know if whoever is behind Wifatch is also behind whatever attacks it "protects" you from
    That's the big question, if/when it is going to turn on you. So far nobody "seems" to know where it came from.

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    There seems to be no information about what routers this attacks. Seems odd to me!

    cheers, Paul

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    Symantec estimates "somewhere in the order of tens of thousands of devices" are infected with the virus, with infections largely focused on Brazil, China, and Mexico.
    Sounds like it has no "Favorite" brand of router.

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    There must be a target router or series of routers. There is no standard hardware for routers.

    cheers, Pual

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