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Chuck Norris Botnet Roundhouse Kicks Routers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

[Insert extremely annoying and unfunny Chuck Norris one-liner here.]

A so-called Chuck Norris botnet discovered by Czech researchers is spreading among poorly configured routers and DSL modems.

Computerworld reports that Czech researchers have uncovered a botnet that is spreading from one poorly configured router to the next. Jan Vykopal, the head of the network security department with Masaryk University's Institute of Computer Science in Brno, Czech Republic, told Computerworld on Friday that the botnet installs itself on your router's RAM 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 device.

Vykopal claims he has evidence that the hacked machines are spread around the world, from South America through Europe to Asia, and that the botnet aims at many networks of ISP and telco operators. The Chuck Norris botnet can be used to attack other systems on the internet (via a DDoS attack). It can also launch a password-guessing dictionary attack on another computer as well as change your routers DNS settings. Because the Chuck Norris botnet lives in the router's RAM, it can be removed with a restart.

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    moomooman , February 22, 2010 3:14 PM
    The botnet wasnt infecting the router, it was hiding, from Chuck Norris
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    the_krasno , February 22, 2010 3:26 PM
    moomoomanThe botnet wasnt infecting the router, it was hiding, from Chuck Norris


    This made me laugh xD
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  • 43 Hide
    moomooman , February 22, 2010 3:14 PM
    The botnet wasnt infecting the router, it was hiding, from Chuck Norris
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2010 3:18 PM
    The eyes of a botnet are upon your router. Anything ya do its gonna see...lol.
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    Rancifer7 , February 22, 2010 3:18 PM
    I suppose this is one of those few times a power outage can fix a virus :) 
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    the_krasno , February 22, 2010 3:26 PM
    moomoomanThe botnet wasnt infecting the router, it was hiding, from Chuck Norris


    This made me laugh xD
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 22, 2010 3:36 PM
    I like this botnet. It'll give some bandwidth back to the backbones of the world by crippling massive amounts of users. Is the FBI gonna be knocking on my door because I said that?
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    Ciuy , February 22, 2010 3:41 PM
    Only Chuck Norris can stop the plague ....
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    decepticon , February 22, 2010 3:54 PM
    CiuyOnly Chuck Norris can stop the plague ....

    Apparently, a flip of a switch can stop this virus....not Chuck Norris.
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    FlorinR , February 22, 2010 4:09 PM
    Quote:
    The botnet wasnt infecting the router, it was hiding, from Chuck Norris


    :)  :)  :) 
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    redplanet_returns , February 22, 2010 4:14 PM
    Chuck Norris ....ok, i don't know how to make a Chuck Norris joke properly...
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    amdchuck , February 22, 2010 4:21 PM
    Chuck Norris would not skulk about hoping some weakling had left their router password defaulted. Jean Claude Van Damme maybe, but not Chuck.
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    zak_mckraken , February 22, 2010 4:34 PM
    Thank god I use a [insert brand here] router!

    By the way, did you know Chuck Norris once won a "Who has the most balls contest" ? He won by 6.
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    ordcestus , February 22, 2010 4:34 PM
    CiuyOnly Chuck Norris can stop the plague ....

    but what if he started it? He's after all the people who can't configure their router, And who think DNS is some crazy killer disease.

    May Chuck Norris and his servant God have mercy on your poor unenthusiast souls
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    khourig , February 22, 2010 4:34 PM
    And so Skynet was born...
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    carlhenry , February 22, 2010 4:40 PM
    if chuck norris started it, only bruck lee can end it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLO1YIWQuXE
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    drksilenc , February 22, 2010 5:37 PM
    just then chuck norris roundhouse kicks the breaker and fixes all the viruses
    ... wow
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    mac_angel , February 22, 2010 6:31 PM
    FlorinR


    you're forgetting, a Chuck Norris round house can turn off everyone's power and save everyone's router
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    enderwiggen , February 22, 2010 7:49 PM
    the botnet installs itself on your router's RAM by guessing default administrative passwords
    Chuck Norris doesn't need to guess anything.

    Chuck Norris was originally considered for the part of Jesus in the Passion of the Christ. However, the director realized that Chuck Norris cannot show the emotion of pain. He can only inflict it.
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    matt87_50 , February 22, 2010 10:47 PM
    what does this have to do with Chuck Norris?

    its like the developer was like "well, I'm really proud of my virus, but I'm afraid it won't get the online recognition it deserves. I know! Chuck Norris!!"

    when virus developers have marketing departments, you know I.T's gone mainstream...
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    hokkdawg , February 22, 2010 10:58 PM
    It's 2010, and hackers are STILL using the oldest trick in the book...and yet, STILL succeeding...
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 22, 2010 11:05 PM
    xaiosOnce the takeover has been complete, the following statement WILL be true:Chuck Norris CAN play Crysis.
    I think the real question here is, "Can Crysis play Chuck Norris"?
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