Routers with poor passwords at risk from Chuck Norris

Graham Cluley

Have you changed the password on your home router, or are you still using the default password it shipped with?

Well, a new malware attack named after a cult action movie star might make you wake up to the risk you could be running.

As ComputerWorld reports, the network security department at Masaryk University’s Institute of Computer Science in Brno have discovered a new example of malware that installs itself on routers and DSL modems by cracking admin passwords.

Of course, the malware finds it much easier to break into your router if you’re using an easy-to-guess password or – even more recklessly – the one the device shipped with.

The Czech researchers have dubbed the threat Chuck Norris as a comment in the source code reads in Italian “in nome di Chuck Norris”, which means “in the name of…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.