Contagious' wi-fi virus created by researchers

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by stapp, Feb 26, 2014.

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  1. stapp

    stapp Global Moderator

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  2. woomera

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    well thats scary and new! new security software feature needed!? :D
    though come to think of it, network spreading malware is not something new...
     
  3. SweX

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    Wi-Fi virus Chameleon infects whole cities ‘like airborne disease’

    http://www.welivesecurity.com/2014/...n-infects-whole-cities-like-airborne-disease/
     
  4. Enigm

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    A contagious virus ??
    Oh my God, please tell me it ain't so ...

    Exploiting default router-pw's isn't exactly a new idea, is it ?

    What IS new is that some university creates a virus -
    Isn't that (also) illegal in the UK ?
     
  5. SnowFlakes

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    how to protect against this ? ?
     
  6. funkydude

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    Strong admin password for your router login.
     
  7. TheWindBringeth

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    I think the standard steps would apply...

    - Carefully decide what firmware you want to run (stock vs replacement)
    - Keep your firmware up to date, try to stay aware of newly disclosed vulnerabilities and patches
    - Change default credentials, set strong new ones and protect that info
    - Use maximum encryption/authentication options
    - Make use of options to block unauthorized clients
    - Change default SSID(s), you can also consider disabling SSID broadcast but research pros/cons first
    - Change MAC addresses where possible, but make sure to pick alternate ones correctly and check for collisions before using them
    - Disable remote access, including via wireless, to administrative functions
    - Eliminate or disable any other features that could allow someone else to modify firmware or settings (automatic updates, cloud features)
    - Some initial testing and ongoing monitoring is always good

    Note: this means eliminating ISP provided APs/routers.
     
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