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A viral vigilante may be keeping an eye on your home router

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    An old virus affecting routers and other devices running Linux appears to be acting as a digital vigilante, protecting routers in the dark alleyways of the Internet from other malware infections.

    Researchers at Symantec first began tracking Linux.Wifatch on Jan. 12, describing it merely as a "Trojan that may open a back door on the compromised router" and adding a couple of pages of generic advice for removing it and keeping it from infecting other devices

    The company subsequently noted that another researcher going by the name l00t_myself had spotted the virus in his home router as long ago as November 2014. He dismissed it as easy to decode and having "stupid coding bugs." He reported via Twitter that he had identified over 13,000 other devices infected with it.

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