Mirai botnet adds three new attacks to target IoT devices

A new variant of the Mirai botnet has added at least three exploits to its arsenal, which enable it to target additional IoT devices, including routers and DVRs. The new version of Mirai – a powerful cyberattack tool which took down large swathes of the internet across the US and Europe in late-2016 – has been uncovered by researchers at security company Fortinet, who have dubbed it Wicked after lines in the code.

The original version of Mirai was deployed to launch massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but has also been modified for other means after its source code was published online including to turn unpatched IoT devices into crytocurrency miners and proxy servers for delivering malware.

Read more about the new version of the botnet that uses exploits instead of brute force attacks to gain control of unpatched devices on ZDNet.