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        Da Boss

        Tracking the Hide and Seek Botnet

        By MalwareTech | January 9, 2019

        Hide and Seek (HNS) is a malicious worm which mainly infects Linux based IoT devices and routers. The malware spreads via bruteforcing SSH/Telnet credentials, as well as some old CVEs. What makes HNS unique is there’s no command and control server; instead, it receives updates using a custom peer-to-peer network created out of infected devices.

        Botnet Connectivity
        Each HNS infected device runs a UDP server on a port which is either provided upon infection, or randomized. Newly infected devices are given a list of IP and port combinations which correspond to other HNS infected devices (known as peers). Infected devices maintains a list of other peers which has a limited size based on available RAM (usually around 512).

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        IoT security has never been reported to be good. You need to have some sort of firewall protection so that the traffic getting to and from the IoT device is controlled. Even with that, I’m still hesitant to use or recommend these devices.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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        AskWoody Plus

        I have some trouble coming up with a list of ways in which the IoT could make it much easier for me to do something very important and that I really need “right now”, that cannot wait until I get around to do it the old-school way. (Devices that send an alarm over the telephone or the Internet when the user has a bad fall or a heart attack have been around for some time and probably do not to count as part of the IoT.)

        After all, mine is one of the latest generations of a human lineage that goes back tens of thousands of years and hundreds of generations and, in all that time, people have been making do without the IoT out there to help. But, in spite of such lack of pricy IoT equipment, all those people have managed to keep things going (and even going very well, at times) until today, with its Silicon Valley gurus and the rest of us.

        Of course, keeping up with the neighbors and getting one over them, when possible, is an equally ancient sport.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

        • #308618 Reply

          Reliable clean water and flush toilets are relatively new developments on your timeline as well. Not all the old ways are the good ways.

          Eventually we will get cool new gadgets that are also feature security. It took a while to make steam trains safe too.

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            AskWoody Lounger

            … hey, then again… A badly done flush toilet can be a lot worse than a badly done outhouse, let alone a semi-decent outhouse.

            IoT, right now, is at the stage where you can’t yet expect an off-the-shelf solution be done well enough to be better than the old way. Let’s hope the technologies mature quickly…

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