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Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points

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  • by khasim (1285) <> on Tuesday February 25, 2014 @11:30PM (#46342183)

    My problems with TFA are:

    1. Are they being paid by the word because they're throwing massive amounts of bullshit into it.


    A new form of compromised AP attack has been demonstrated and analysed in [4], called the 'Chameleon' attack, perpetrated by the Chameleon virus.

    That would be a "worm". Not a "virus". And a worm that attacks WiFi routers is NOT new.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 26, 2014 @12:00AM (#46342335)

    The article states chameleon attacks weakly protected acess points. If it finds a hardened one, like WAP, it moves on. It is a worm, not a virus, but the authors couldn't compare it to human contageon that way. I count myself lucky I never cought a worm. Virus, yes.

  • by khasim (1285) <> on Wednesday February 26, 2014 @12:20AM (#46342437)

    Worms hop from system to system without the need for any human interaction. They exploit vulnerabilities in services listening on ports. Worms need a network.

    A virus infects other files with copies of itself. But an uninfected machine still needs someone to run one of those files on the uninfected machine to infect the uninfected machine.

    Viruses are a lot less common now. Mostly you see trojans and worms and "blended" threats that are a mix of trojans and worms.

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?