Competing hackers dampen the power of Mirai botnets
The malware behind last month’s massive distributed denial-of-service attack in the U.S. appears to be losing its potency. Ironically, hackers are to blame for diluting its power.
The malware known as Mirai — which is now available on the internet — has become a bit too popular in the hacking community, according to security firm Flashpoint.
Competing hackers have all been trying to take advantage of Mirai to launch new DDoS attacks. To do so, that means infecting the poorly secured internet-connected devices, such as surveillance cameras, baby monitors, and DVRs, that the malware was designed to exploit.