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IoT botnet Linux.ProxyM turns its grubby claws to spam rather than DDoS

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IoT Sec

"This isn't a surprising development" No quite.

Just how long has the IoT security flare been lit for now?

Who cares its pub time.

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do not ask for whom the monkey masturbates

Let's all give a round of applause to Linus Torvalds for declaring that security researchers are a bunch of "masturbating monkeys". He's made this and many other "SQL Slammer" moments not only possible but inevitable in his toy OS.

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Re: do not ask for whom the monkey masturbates

Er, how is having a stupid default user-name/password and no patching policy on an Internet-of-Shit device the fault of the lead kernel developer?

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"He's made this and many other ... not only possible but inevitable ..." Ah yes, blame Tesla and Edison for the electric chair. Right.

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"He's made this and many other "SQL Slammer" moments not only possible but inevitable in his toy OS."

Is this an obscure joke? SQL Slammer affected Microsoft's SQL Server, and Linux is not an OS, it's a kernel. Explanation please.

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Re: do not ask for whom the monkey masturbates

You don't need a PhD or a fancy title to know to avoid the kind of obviously bad things Microsoft tends to embrace despite being burned repeatedly by them. Even a VMS kernel won't help you if you do obviously stupid things in userland.

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Re: do not ask for whom the monkey masturbates

"You don't need a PhD or a fancy title to know to avoid the kind of obviously bad things Microsoft tends to embrace despite being burned repeatedly by them. "

I note that Google managed to release more patches this month for one limited Linux based OS than Microsoft did for every single currently supported product...

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Most unauth SMTP connects from dialup ranges are treated as spam anyway.

Not really an issue apart from the CPU consumed by the filtering servers.

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Re: Most unauth SMTP connects from dialup ranges are treated as spam anyway.

Last time I tried to make SMTP connections from my home I learned that my ISP firewalled outgoing connections. You had to send through their relay. They didn't mind my few messages, but I'm sure anyone trying to do anything substantial (legitimate or not) would get blocked and informed of the benefits of a business account with them.

Since then I've given up direct involvement with email entirely and let the hosting provider deal with SPF, DKIM, reputation, and all that crap.

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Re: Most unauth SMTP connects from dialup ranges are treated as spam anyway.

Nope. I have run a home Exchange server for a decade on a home internet connections and only very rarely is dynamic addressing blocked.

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UPnP on by default

So helpful

Sometimes open on the WAN too!

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This is not the Linux you are looking for. This is the "code monkeys" distro.

5 minutes to assemble

10 minutest to build

0 mins to test.

It's all in the config, the defaults and the continued use of p**s poor design patterns, like hard coded default passwords copy and pasted to every device.

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Devices infected with Linux

"According to Dr.Web's statistics, a device infected with Linux.ProxyM sends on average about 400 emails per day"

How does this Linux.ProxyM infect the devices in the first place?

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