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Mirai Botnet, a threat to IoT- Steps to evade

Mirai Botnet, a threat to IoT- Steps to evade

What is Mirai botnet?

Mirai is a self-spreading malware which targets internet connected IoT devices such as smart TVs, CCT cameras, routers and other home appliances. It primarily targets the internet connected systems running Linux OS to turn them to remotely controlled “bots”. These bots are then used to launch large-scale network attacks. Mirai was first identified in DDoS attack on Krebs on Security website on 20 September 2016. This malware gained public attention after the recent historic DDoS attack on Domain Name System(DNS) provider Dyn. Cyber investigation revealed that 10 million Internet of Things were used to shoot this DDoS attack. Launching a DDoS attack is a painstaking task as it requires a careful programming and millions of machines under single control. But with Mirai, a program written in C language, it is quite easy to launch a DDoS attack with the help of minimal requirement.

Mirai - A botnet resposible for largest DDoS attack

Mirai - A botnet resposible for largest DDoS attack
Mirai is a botnet that was responsible for the largest DDoS attack in botnet history. On 20 September 2016, the biggest security news website KrebsOnSecurity.com was targeted by 650 Gbps attack and later the French internet hosting site OVH reported being targeted by 1.1 Tbps DDoS attack. Mirai was responsible for the largest DDoS attack recorded till date despite not being the biggest botnet in the world.
 
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