Wifatch: The Vigilante Malware
Gareth Andrews / 2 years ago
Malware. That one word which seems to inspire fear and dread in everybody who hears it, even more so when you’ve experienced it first hand on one of your many devices. Malicious Software, or Malware for short, is often used by people to spread itself over the internet or even WiFi in the hopes of creating openings for other malicious software, from a program that can redirect you when you go on the internet to one that encrypts your hard drive until you pay hundreds of pounds so that (if they are true to their word) they will release your files. The world has changed since those dark days, there is a new piece of software in the world; Wifatch is here.
Wifatch was found in late 2015 by Symantec and focuses on the bugs and security issues normally involved in routers (a piece of hardware we all use but rarely update). This malware doesn’t just infect your router and use it to spread to others, it closes off potentially dangerous loopholes and bugs on your router. That’s right, this malware, a piece of software that by its very nature breaches your security and trust, is trying to help stop you from being affected by … malware?
Not only does it block common points of danger for routers but it also tries to disinfect infected systems, even going so far as to reboot systems in the hopes of stopping any malware that is currently running.
The developer even left a funny message in its source code for those brave enough to browse it.
Is this the kind of software that we need? What do you think about this vigilante malware?
Images courtesy of Symantec.