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Malware Silently Alters Wireless Router Settings

 
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quietman7
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:18 am    Post subject: Malware Silently Alters Wireless Router Settings Reply with quote

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"A new Trojan horse masquerading as a video "codec" required to view content on certain Web sites tries to change key settings on the victim's Internet router so that all of the victim's Web traffic is routed through servers controlled by the attackers....recent versions of the ubiquitous "Zlob" Trojan (also known as DNSChanger) will check to see if the victim uses a wireless or wired hardware router. If so, it tries to guess the password needed to administer the router by consulting a built-in list* of default router username/password combinations. If successful, the malware alters the victim's domain name system (DNS) records so that all future traffic passes through the attacker's network first...a Windows user with a machine infected with a Zlob/DNSChanger variant may succeed in cleaning the malware off an infected computer completely, but still leave the network compromised...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why it's essential to change the default password on a router.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet you can still get infected is what you change it to is on the list.
EDIT:This, may be a threat to linux users aswell.
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