Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 09:57 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Discovered by Czech researchers, the Chuck Norris botnet has been spreading by taking advantage of poorly configured routers and DSL modems. The malware got the Chuck Norris moniker from a programmer's Italian comment in its source code: 'in nome di Chuck Norris', which means 'in the name of Chuck Norris'. Chuck Norris is unusual in that it infects DSL modems and routers rather than PCs. It installs itself on routers and modems by guessing default administrative passwords and taking advantage of the fact that many devices are configured to allow remote access. They're behind the times, though. It should've been the Epic Beard Man Botnet. Move over, Chuck.
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RE[3]: Comment by ssa2204
by sakeniwefu on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ssa2204"
sakeniwefu
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2008-02-26

As long as your system doesn't allow remote logins without password you may actually be safer than with a password.
You should still think about the implications if your devices are stolen, though. The most stupid two characters password is well beyond what any burglar will be able to break. He will format the drive and be done. Without a password he just needs to be able to use a computer at all to recover personal information possibly including on-line banking login data.

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