A Botnet of Irons And Kettles

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Russian news channel Rossiya 24 showed footage of a technician finding a “spy chip” included in a batch of Chinese irons delivered to Saint Petersburg. Its correspondent said the hidden devices were mostly being used to spread viruses, by connecting to any computer within a 200m (656ft) radius which were using unprotected Wi-Fi networks. Other products found to have botnet components reportedly included mobile phones, kettles and car dashboard cameras. Supposedly, the hidden chips had been used to infiltrate company networks, sending out spam without administrators’ knowledge.

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