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Mirai IoT botnet code release raises fears of surge in DDoS attacks
Warwick Ashford
Security Editor
04 Oct 2016 9:30

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450400311/Mirai-IoT-botnet-code-release-raises-fears-of-surge-in-DDoS-attacks?utm_medium=EM&asrc=EM_EDA_65548398&utm_campaign=20161004_Mirai%20IoT%20botnet%20code%20release%20raises%20fears%20of%20surge%20in%20DDoS%20attacks_&utm_source=EDA

Organisations with an online presence should prepare for terabit-class IoT botnet-based DDoS attacks that could knock almost any business offline or disable chunks of the internet, warn security experts

Security experts fear that the release of the code for the Mirai botnet will prompt a surge in powerful distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that will knock almost any company offline.

The malware code released on an underground forum at the beginning of October enables attackers to hijack thousands of devices making up the internet of things (IoT), such as webcams, to carry out DDoS attacks.

The Mirai malware spreads by scanning the internet for IoT devices, including routers, protected only by default usernames and passwords to infect and hijack them to carry out DDoS attacks.

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