IoT malware behind record DDoS attack is now available to all hackers
The source code for a trojan program that infected hundreds of thousands of internet-of-things devices and used them to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks has been published online, paving the way for more such botnets.
The code for the trojan, which its creator calls Mirai, was released Friday on an English-language hackers’ forum, cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs reported over the weekend. Krebs’ website was the target of a record DDoS attack two weeks ago that was launched from the Mirai botnet.
The trojan’s creator, who uses the online handle Anna-senpai, said that the decision to release the source code was taken because there’s a lot of attention now on IoT-powered DDoS attacks and he wants to get out of this business.