Linux/IRCTelnet (new Aidra), a new piece of Linux malware targeting IoT devices and turning them into DDoS-capable bots, has been spotted and analyzed by one of the researchers who share their discoveries on the MalwareMustDie! blog. Linux/IRCTelnet is an interesting mix of capabilities associated with older malware. The base of Linux/IRCTelnet is the source code of the Aidra bot, used years ago by an anonymous researcher to build a botnet (or, as he called it, … More
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If you were online on Friday October 21st, you were probably affected by the DDoS attack against managed DNS provider Dyn. Dyn observed that tens of millions of IP addresses participating in the attack were from IoT devices infected by the Mirai botnet. But what exactly is an IoT botnet? What was so different about this DDoS attack and why does it have security professionals so worried? A botnet is a collection of connected devices … More
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On October 21, New Hampshire-based Internet performance management company Dyn suffered the largest DDoS attack ever to be registered. The attacks – there were three, in relatively quick succession, but the last one was easily mitigated – were aimed at the company’s managed DNS infrastructure. They resulted in the temporary inaccessibility of many websites and online services such as Twitter, GitHub, PayPal, Etsy, and so on. What Dyn says about the attacks “At this point … More
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