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February 24, 2010, 8:44 am
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IDG News Service - If you haven't changed the default password on your
home router, you may be in for an unwanted visit from Chuck Norris --
the Chuck Norris botnet, that is.
Discovered by Czech researchers, the botnet has been spreading by taking
advantage of poorly configured routers and DSL modems, according to Jan
Vykopal, the head of the network security department with Masaryk
University's Institute of Computer Science in Brno, Czech Republic.
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." Norris is a U.S. actor best known for his
martial arts films such as "The Way of the Dragon" and "Missing in Action."
Security experts say that various types of botnets have infected
millions of computers worldwide to date, but 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. It also exploits a known
vulnerability in D-Link Systems devices, Vykopal said in an e-mail
Dave - just thought some might like to know!
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