Once again a new malware known as Silex is taking over smart devices across the globe. Previously, a malware made responsible for getting into secure Apple devices breaching the gatekeeper.
But now, this malware generates a certain algorithm to shut down the smart devices. Through, some reports the “Silex Malware” gains access and destroys the storage system of any device. At first, it eliminates the firewall and eventually breaks the network configuration thus makes the device shut down.
Silex malware uses the default password to access
According to some reports, the malware specialist is a 14 years old lad, and the internet knows him as Light Leafon. During the initial stage, the malware destroyed around 350 devices and later increased to 1500.
Larry Cashdollar, who first spotted the malware for destroying devices run by IOT or smart appliances. He also reported ZDNet about the Silex malware, as it uses default login credentials to get inside and further destroy the device.
So, Silex is targeting pretty much any UNIX like OS with default login credentials. Doesn't matter if it's an ARM-based DVR or an x64 bit system running Redhat Enterprise if your login is root:password it could wreck your system.
— Larry W. Cashdollar (@_larry0) June 25, 2019
However, there are plenty of smart devices that come with a default password and it is nothing new. Since 2017 most of the IOT generated devices are vulnerable by not changing their password.
While there are 26 million devices that are running into the wild. This malware uses default passwords as likely the botnet BrickerBot which breached devices back in 2017. Interestingly, California banned devices that used default passwords like “password” and “123456”.
How to protect the devices from getting breached?
As the Silex malware is new to the market, the smart devices can be pretty late in issuing a fix for any hack. So what steps can be fruitful for saving the devices? Therefore, standard hardware comes with default login credentials, so the best the thing is to change them. And this should be done as soon as possible for new smart devices while connected with the internet.
Another disadvantage of this malware safety is, that all devices don’t provide seamless change. Just like changing the password for a DVR is difficult in terms of a Router.
Jesse Irwin, director of security at Tendermint notes about figuring how to change password related details. She also confronts about passwords which even comes in the user guide and tricks to generate a strong password.
Hence, Silex malware is not that harmful until people are concerned about their own privacy.
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