IoT Malware advances

A new strain (as long as December 2016 can be called new) has been spotted on GitHub that combines both a standard telnet scanner and also MIRAI. It has been uploaded here: In the header(s) you can find some credentials: Xmpp: [email protected] Twitter: @P2PBOTNET Instragram: @Rebirth.c Skype: b1narythag0d and Skype: …

Next level: updating devices with malware-infected firmware?

A new article that appeared on (Hacker Claims To Push Malicious Firmware Update to 3.2 Million Home Routers ) talks about a new type of attack: devices that are being abused via their update mechanism to host a malware-infected (let’s call it malware for now) firmware.

Impossible? Not really. Of course, some of the problems that might appear are: How do you pair the device with the ”right” firmware? How do you rebuild the malware-infected firmware?

But the most important question: doesn’t the device (or the manufacturer) use a rather strong security mechanism to certify that the firmware is indeed legit? If it does, maybe it’s time to update it. If not… well, trouble ahead!

Anyway, it’s not really a case of ”trash the device”, rather a case of painfully (and costly) ways to identify and disinfect it.

But… does this look like the dawn of ransomware-vulnerable-devices? Yes, sure it does. Just wait for it… or better not, and be prepared.

Google Analytics – no data validation?

Recently, one of our clients contacted about something rather strange: a ”language” value in his newly Google Analytics setup that stated: ”Secret.ɢ You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!”

Of course, we all know that browser headers/requests can be easily altered, but we still wonder why Google allows such values in it’s [non-bot] visitor-related reports. And if it does some data validation / sanitizing or not really.

Google Secret Trump
Google Analytics: Secret.ɢ You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!

P.S. Beware that ”secret.ɢ” differs from ””. Here are the ASCII code values:
Secret.ɢ 115 101 099 114 101 116 046 201 162 111 111 103 108 101 046 099 111 109 115 101 099 114 101 116 046 103 111 111 103 108 101 046 099 111 109