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Symantec recently discovered a new strain of malware, dubbed “Linux.Wifatch,” which has already infected more than 10,000 IoT devices. The malware’s author says Linux.Wifatch is actually beneficial because it removes a malicious backdoor and encourages users to update weak passwords.

Do the ends of vigilante-style malware and beneficial botnets like Linux.Wifatch justify the means?

Listen to our latest Security Slice podcast and hear Craig Young and Tyler Reguly discuss the pros and cons of improving security in this way, the possibility that vigilante malware will be used maliciously and three steps device vendors should take to improve router security.

 

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