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Mirai creators sentenced to probation after assisting FBI with cyber investigations

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Three young men who developed and deployed the original Mirai IoT botnet malware were sentenced on Tuesday in an Alaskan federal court to five years probation – a lenient punishment earned through extensive cooperation with FBI on other cyber investigations. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, N.J.; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Penn.; and Dalton Norman,…

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Wyden warns foreign gov’t cyberattacks aimed at personal accounts of senators, aides

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The personal email accounts of senators and their aides are in the crosshairs of nation-state hackers, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., warned Senate leaders in a letter that took the body’s security office to task for failing to safeguard them. Noting that “at least one major technology company” had notified some senators and their aides that…

Quirky Fbot IoT botnet kills rival, communicates via blockchain-based DNS

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There’s an odd new addition to the extended family of Mirai-inspired IoT botnets, and so far its only obvious victim is a competing botnet whose malware is targeted for removal from any infected devices. Dubbed Fbot, the malware is also unusual because rather than using standard DNS to communicate with the command-and-control server, it instead…

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NIST issues guidance for protecting medical IoT devices

The incredible advancements that have turned what were once standalone pieces of medical equipment into IoT devices do enable better care for patients, but at the same time open these devices up to cyberattacks, warned the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), in a new report.

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