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. https://fortune.com/2019/06/26/silex-malware-hack-iot-internet-of-things-smart-device-fix-how-to-prevent/
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SILEX MALWARE RENDERS INTERNET-OF-THINGS DEVICES USELESS. HERE’S HOW TO PREVENT IT
A new malware known as Silex is bringing smart devices to their knees. The Silex malware, according to ZDNet, ruins smart devices by gaining access to and destroying a device’s storage, eliminating its firewall and removing its network configuration. From here, the device stops working. Silex was reportedly created by a 14-year-old hacker who goes by the pseudonym Light Leafon, according to ZDNet. The malware went unknown until it was spotted by Larry Cashdollar, a security exploit researcher, on Tuesday. “It’s using known default credentials for IoT devices to log in and kill the system,” Cashdollar told ZDNet, which reports that Silex first affected 350 devices and then quickly spread to over 1,500 more. The prevalence of Internet of Things devices that ship with default passwords is nothing new. Research by Positive Technologies from 2017 showed that default passwords to 15 out of 100 IoT devices had never been changed. READ MORE