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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by Jedd on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 16:22 UTC
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The company I work for just had the router for one of its smaller subnets infected with that worm. I removed the router and setup a new Cisco and plugged it into the network, fortunately the worm had not spread to any other places on the network, we are still looking into it.
[Just for info: that infection took place in a rural area in the US, state: Maine.]

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