Hackers create more IoT botnets with Mirai source code
Malware that can build botnets out of IoT products has gone on to infect twice as many devices after its source code was publicly released.
The total number of IoT devices infected with the Mirai malware has reached 493,000, up from 213,000 bots before the source code was disclosed around Oct. 1, according to internet backbone provider Level 3 Communications.
“The true number of actual bots may be higher,” Level 3 said in a Tuesday blog post.
Hackers have been taking advantage of the Mirai malware’s source code, following its role in launching a massive DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attack that took down the website of cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs.