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Author Topic: Researcher's Illegal Botnet to Scan Internet  (Read 872 times)

Tinman57

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Researcher's Illegal Botnet to Scan Internet
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:49:28 PM »

Exposed Devices Used as Botnet to Scan Internet

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A controversial Internet scanning project has come under fire for illegally accessing and running code on remote machines. The Internet Census 2012 project, revealed Sunday in a post to Seclists.org, discovered 420,000 embedded devices accessible using default credentials. The unnamed researcher behind the project then used the devices as a botnet to scan most of the IPv4 address space.

http://threatpost.co...scan-internet-032013

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Re: Researcher's Illegal Botnet to Scan Internet
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 06:56:48 PM »
At least it appears this "exploit" was done in the aim of research, not harm. I'm all for raising awareness of our internet-wide vulnerabilities, but I'm also a bit leery when I find out about things like this after the fact. It's like saying, "Guess what, you were one of our 420,000 mice in our experiment and you did just great!"

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Re: Researcher's Illegal Botnet to Scan Internet
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 09:45:37 PM »
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