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by Brandon Butler
IoT Leaks Passwords Over Telnet 7/8/2020

Catalin Cimpanu for ZDNet:

A hacker has published this week a massive list of Telnet credentials for more than 515,000 servers, home routers, and IoT (Internet of Things) "smart" devices.

According to experts to who ZDNet spoke this week, and a statement from the leaker himself, the list was compiled by scanning the entire internet for devices that were exposing their Telnet port. The hacker then tried using (1) factory-set default usernames and passwords, or (2) custom, but easy-to-guess password combinations.

Telnet? It’s either gross incompetence or intentional attempts to create backdoors into our homes and offices. Either way, it should be criminal.