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A Russian cyber vigilante is patching outdated MikroTik routers exposed online

ARussian-speaking hacker,who goes by the name of Alexey,claims to have hacked into over 100,000 MikroTik routers with a specific intent, disinfect them.

Earlier August, expertsuncovered a massive crypto jacking campaignthat was targeting MikroTik routers to inject a Coinhive cryptocurrency mining script in the web traffic.

The campaign started in Brazil, but it rapidly expanded to other countries targeting MikroTik routers all over the world,over 200,000 devices were compromised.

In September thousands of unpatched MikroTik Routers were involved in new cryptocurrency mining campaigns.

Threat actors also exploited the exploit code for theCVE-2018-14847vulnerability in MikroTik routers to recruit them in botnets such as Mirai and VPNFilter.

Alexey is aRussian-speaking cyber vigilante that decided to fix the MikroTik routers and he claims to be e system administrator.

Alexey described his activity on a Russian blogging platform, he explained he hacked into the routers to change...(continued)

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