back to article Feds dismantle Russian GRU botnet built on 1,000-plus home, small biz routers

The US government today said it disrupted a botnet that Russia's GRU military intelligence unit used for phishing expeditions, spying, credential harvesting, and data theft against American and foreign governments and other strategic targets. This latest court-authorized takedown happened in January, and involved neutralizing …

  1. david 12 Silver badge

    Feds .. FBI ... DOJ

    Feds were able to ... similar to what the DOJ did

    The FBI are an agency of the DOJ, which is a Federal department. "The FBI were able to ... similar to what they did".

    In both cases: the same FBI.

    1. NoneSuch Silver badge

      Re: Feds .. FBI ... DOJ

      Ironically, if the US interfered heavily with Russia's election, Putin would still win.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Feds .. FBI ... DOJ

        Yes but they would go crazy searching for who cast that vote against him

  2. Kev99 Silver badge

    If you don't want everyone and his sibling to have access to your personal, critical, proprietary, or confidential information, then don't put it out on bunch of holes held together with string / vapor ('Net/Cloud).

  3. HuBo


    It's inspiring to see Uncle Sam's cowboys battling fancy blizzard and forest bears to put the laughing cow's moobot-net out to pasture for good! No more GRU-yere for you Putinsky ... it's votka for the opposition from here-on-out!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not much of an incentive to splash out

    If the crims can so easily build botnets from Ubiquiti equipment, which is not cheap consumer grade tat, then it's doesn't make much of a case for investing in quality kit.

    1. Terje

      Re: Not much of an incentive to splash out

      Or rather confidence in the people that leave default passwords on kit, if you have a abcd1234 password to get into the device first time when you configure it that is kind of sensible, but that should probably ring a bell for anyone remotely sane to change it.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Not much of an incentive to splash out

        Even kit that comes with a unique randomised password set in the device and printed on a sticker on the device should be changed. Odds are that is not the only record of that password. The manufacture probably keeps a database of which passwords are used on which device for support purposes and you can't be sure that database hasn't been compromised or if they used some sort algorithm based on a MAC address or something to calculate a unique default password. You can be sure there will always be support calls from new owners who've lost the factory password and few suppliers wants to be in the position of telling the new owner they just bricked it.

      2. Roland6 Silver badge

        Re: Not much of an incentive to splash out

        The expectation for home/micro business routers is that the device will simply be taken out of the box and plugged in. Hence why the random unique passwords became standard across these devices some years back.

  5. Julz

    Who else is hiding in broadband gateways?

    NSA, GCHQ...

  6. Strong as Taishan Mountains

    No fiddling around spying on our citizens! That's our job!

  7. Roland6 Silver badge

    Ubiquiti Edge OS routers…

    >“ A factory reset that is not also accompanied by a change of the default administrator password will return the router to its default administrator credentials”

    I presume these devices used something like admin/admin rather than the unique default passwords that have been typical on UK ISP supplied routers for many years now…

  8. OffTropics

    8 posts? Only 8 posts?!?!? Where are the Postsovietologists? Where are all the experts on the asymmetrical Russian warfare??? Why miss such an opportunity??

    1. Grinning Bandicoot

      This enquiring mind had the same question. Where is everbody? Have the Trifids come and it did not show here because...

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