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The Evolution of Mirai as a Cautionary Tale

It was just over a year a year ago when the flood gates opened and the packets rained down as a new player made itself known.  The Mirai botnet had made it’s debut on the world stage. This was a game changer in every sense of the meaning. A botnet had revealed itself to the…
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Mirai botnet upgraded to work with new IoT processors

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The developers behind the Mirai botnet have recompiled the malware so it can take advantage of a wider group of processors/architectures and upgraded with a new encryption algorithm. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 in February found samples of Mirai compiled for Altera Nios II, OpenRISC, Tensilica Xtensa, and Xilinx MicroBlaze processors, which primarily are used…
IoT

Mirai botnet army could have been larger, more destructive: report

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The massive Mirai distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that took down Dyn DNS last fall leading knocking out dozens of high-profile websites could have been much worse if the malicious actors had done a bit more research. Researchers at Pen Test Partners found seven additional vulnerabilities in 30 different DVR brands it tested, including…
IoT

Monster rivalry forming between IoT botnets Mirai and Hajime

The Mirai malware that has created massive botnets out of hijacked Internet of Things devices has met a formidable opponent in Hajime, a rival IOT worm whose intent may possibly be to declaw Mirai. According to a new blog post analysis from Symantec Corporation, Hajime has been quickly spreading worldwide over the last few months,…
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