However, a new kind of vigilante malware is in the town that fights the other infections and encourages the users to update their passwords. According to a new report from the security firm Symantec, a new bug Linux.Wifatch is spreading like a regular virus and goes undetected.
The virus is spread like a regular malware and stays up to date on virus definitions using its peer-to-peer network. This bug affects the Linux-based routers and deletes any detected malware and cut off the vulnerable channels that could help in a future malware attack.
The Linux.Wifatch is currently affecting about 10,000 routers and making them more secure.
Linux.Wifatch not only prevents further attacks from router malware, it also shows a message telling the people to change passwords and update the firmware.
Symantec, in a blog post, suspects some “white hat” hacker might be behind the malware.
Another reason why this could be the work of a vigilante as the source code includes a famous statement from free-software icon Richard Stallman: “To any NSA or FBI agents reading this: please consider whether defending the US constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden’s example.”
Instead of serving a good purpose, Linux.Wifatch infects your system without your consent. So, don’t rely on a malware to clean your system, keep the device firmware up to date and use strong passwords.
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