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FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet ( 179

The Daily Beast reports that the FBI has seized control of a key server in the Kremlin's global botnet of 500,000 hacked routers. "The move positions the bureau to build a comprehensive list of victims of the attack, and short-circuits Moscow's ability to reinfect its targets," writes Kevin Poulsen. From the report: The FBI counter-operation goes after "VPN Filter," a piece of sophisticated malware linked to the same Russian hacking group, known as Fancy Bear, that breached the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 election. On Wednesday security researchers at Cisco and Symantec separately provided new details on the malware, which has turned up in 54 countries including the United States.

VPN Filter uses known vulnerabilities to infect home office routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR, and TP-Link. Once in place, the malware reports back to a command-and-control infrastructure that can install purpose-built plug-ins, according to the researchers. One plug-in lets the hackers eavesdrop on the victim's Internet traffic to steal website credentials; another targets a protocol used in industrial control networks, such as those in the electric grid. A third lets the attacker cripple any or all of the infected devices at will.

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 23, 2018 @09:30PM (#56662976)
    He'll shut this FBI operation down immediately. Putin is not going to be happy and the last thing Trump wants is an upset boss.
    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      Come on, I don't think Russians - and especially Putin - find this whole situation funny [].

    • Um... No. Why was this modded up? Trump isn't stupid enough to let Russian have a backdoor into millions of Americans homes. That reduces leverage and he's all about making deals. I think he paid someone to write a book about it...
      • Trump isn't stupid enough to...

        There's nothing you can end that sentence with that would be true.

    • Makes no sense (Score:2, Insightful)

      by SuperKendall ( 25149 )

      You think *Trump* will be pissed about a botnet being offline? Why exactly?

      Even if you believe the line being peddled Trump and the Russians had any connection (long since disproven by Trumps antagonizing moves towards Russia, if you really want something interesting look to Trump and China...) remember it wasn't any bot net that got into the DNC, it was phishing and social engineering []...

  • I have a home home router not a home office router. My home office is connected via a hub to the intenets.

    • Re:I'm safe (Score:5, Funny)

      by Rei ( 128717 ) on Wednesday May 23, 2018 @09:40PM (#56663032) Homepage

      I think Fancy Bear comes in through the data pipes, so you'll need a firewall to stop them. Which I think means you have to get firewire first? I've been thinking about having the IT out to install it, I already have a propane tank so it shouldn't cost too much? I shut my computer off at night but I know that a really good hacker could just turn it back on and get in.

  • Actually, it was already ridiculous, but the idea they are saying they seized a botnet infected wifi router in the fight against Trump is just fucking absurd.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Captain Ahab was so utterly consumed by hate that he was ready to lose everything, his ship, his crew, his own life, just as long as he killed Moby-Dick.

    Similarly, conservatives are so completely and utterly infused and consumed by their hatred of liberals that they are ready to sacrifice everything, their country, their family, the future of their planet and their children, for every opportunity to piss-off and otherwise hurt that damn liberal white whale.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Same goes for liberals. Everyone has lost their marbles.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Liberals? Nah. Sure, there are some left-wing extremists, similar to the right-wing extremists. There is a pretty significant difference, though. The left-wing extremists are fewer in number, are marginalized by the Democratic party, and have little actual power. The right-wing extremists are significant in number, run the Republican party, and hold many high offices, including the Speakership of the House, Senate Majority leadership, and the Presidency.

        So, while there are parallels in kind, there i
    • I think you have it reverse. As Greg Gutfeld is fond of saying, "The difference between Liberals an Conservatives is that Conservatives think that Liberals are wrong, and Liberals think Conservatives are Evil." When your opponent is evil you can justify any action you take against them, including scurrilous personal attacks based on nothing and subversion of the democratic process and the law. As we have seen with the FBI, the DNC and all.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        Greg Gutfeld is willfully ignorant if he thinks conservatives don't think liberals are evil.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        No, the parent poster is correct. You can literally look at any conservative media and you will hear them screaming and crying about how "evil" liberals are, while liberals just shake their heads and find facts. This is also why you see the majority of conservatives on the internet openly wishing for a civil war so they can finally have an excuse to go on the killing sprees they fantasize openly about.

    • This is totally by design. Putin's evil servants, foreign and domestic, are white-anting us by spreading fear, hatred and despair.

      We must understand the threat, and stay clear-eyed and focused.

      The partisan hatred is, in part, a Russian plot. It must not be allowed to succeed -- and people fostering division must not go unchallenged.

      • If you question the narrative, you're unpatriotic and a pawn of the enemy.

        Where the fuck have I heard this before. Oh that's right, just before we went to war with Iraq.

        • You are deflecting. Don't engage in the same morally-bankrupt deflection tactics as Putin and his filthy, evil propagandists.

          I hated Iraq and the neocons, as much as the next guy. Iraq didn't do shit to us, and Iraq (a Republican project -- the same Republicans who are busy fellating Putin right now, as it transpires) was no threat. It was the greatest squandering of Western power and moral authority in history.

          However, Russia DID attack us unprovoked, they spread evil all over the world, they are attacking

          • Well, that escalated quickly.

            Yeah, let's go to war with a nuclear power, based only on the word of TLA 'assessments' and the filthy liars at the DNC and their paid consultants Crowdstrike. If James Clapper says so, it must be true.

            Holy fucking hell that is some Jonestown level kool-aid. Is that what we can expect from media matters and shareblue trolls now?

  • The political documents walked out. They did not get moved out by a "network".
    "Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak" (Aug 9, 2017) []
    "... demonstrating that 23 MB/s is a typical transfer rate when using a USB–2 flash device (thumb drive).”"
    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      Naaa, cannot be. This does not fit the political narrative, so it must obviously be untrue. Lets see what the liar-in-chief tweets about it, then we will know what to believe!

    • Another clairvoyant magic Russian? How do you know this? Care to explain?

      You can't. Because you are a piece-of-shit paid Russian liar.

  • Get control of the latest hacked Photoshop. :-\
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Last time I checked, Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to hand over the hacked server to the FBI. They instead asked CloudStrike to look it over and do an analysis. Further, the speed at which the e-mails were removed from the server could only have been accomplished with directly attached storage (USB attached flash drive is the current best guess)... Then The e-mails started being published by WikiLeaks. After Seth Rich died in the non-robbery, Julianne Assange has put all kinds of message out about th

    • For a tech forum, you'd expect people here to not repeat obvious bullshit political points like "The DNC didn't hand a server over to the FBI" given:

      1. Real tech people know that the FBI wouldn't need the original server, they could easily work from a ghosted image, or might even be able to do what they need to do with supervised access.

      2. Real tech people know that plopping a critical server out of commission and handing it over to a third party where it would become unreachable and unusable would kil

      • Real tech people know you need to examine the original server to determine if it was hacked.

        Real tech people know bull shit is happening when the FBI was denied access to the DNC mail servers but had complete access to Jennifer Lawrence's cell phone when it was hacked.

        And you wonder why most people in America know the Media Matter trolls are spouting bull shit.

        Fuck off David Brock
      • 1. Chain of custody, understand what it is and why it's important.

        2. Continuing to use a server for handling sensitive information even after it is known or suspected of being compromised, and using convenience as an excuse is stupid. To compound it by making it an excuse to also not turn evidence over to law enforcement is beyond stupid.

        "Trust us" when there is no credibility is evidence that only a fool would believe.

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.