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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mirai, The Infamous Internet of Things Army, Can Now Mine Bitcoin

Mirai, The Infamous Internet of Things Army, Can Now Mine Bitcoin

Remember that Internet of Things botnet? The one known for temporarily shutting down a number of the world's largest websites last autumn?

Well, a newer version has been detected, but as well as being able to issue DDoS attacks and the like, it's equipped to mine bitcoin.

In the digital age, it's possible for hackers to infect and take control of insecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices, say, toasters, cameras or other web-connected devices. They can then bundle them together into a botnet, using their combined capacity to shoot spam at websites or internet structures, slowing them down or sending them offline.

That's what happened in a series of attacks in the fall, using the malware dubbed Mirai.

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