A hacker posted a trove of Telnet credentials for more than 515,000 servers, IoT devices and routers on a hacking forum.
The leaked lists, dated October and November of last year, were published by someone who runs a DDoS-for-hire service and include usernames, passwords and IP addresses, according to a report by ZDNet. The hacker, the report said, scanned the internet to find devices with exposed Telnet ports then ran factory-set credentials and as well as custom password combinations to build bot lists that let hackers access the devices and install malware.
Noting that many of devices likely had been compromised months or years ago, Ekaterina Khrustaleva, COO of ImmuniWeb, said, “It’s likely all these devices have been present on many blacklists for a while already.”
Please register to continue.
Already registered? Log in.
Once you register, you'll receive:
The context and insight you need to stay abreast of the most important developments in cybersecurity. CISO and practitioner perspectives; strategy and tactics; solutions and innovation; policy and regulation.
Unlimited access to nearly 20 years of SC Media industry analysis and news-you-can-use.
SC Media’s essential morning briefing for cybersecurity professionals.
One-click access to our extensive program of virtual events, with convenient calendar reminders and ability to earn CISSP credits.