Hackers Having Field Day with Mirai Botnet
November 7, 2016
The massive cyber-attack that crippled major website across the US on October 21 was executed using an extensive network of infected computers and smart devices. The same botnet is now on sale on Dark Web which will enable hackers to launch similar or even massive attacks in the future.
As reported by Cyberscoop in article titled You can now buy a Mirai-powered botnet on the dark web:
A botnet of this size could be used to launch DDoS attacks in addition to automated spam and ransomware campaigns. The price tag was $7,500, payable in bitcoin. The anonymous vendor claimed it could generate a massive 1 terabit per second worth of internet traffic.
The particular botnet used in the Dyn attack are all infected with Mirai malware. Though the source code of the malware is freely available across hacker forums, a vendor over Dark Net is offering ready to use Mirai-Powered botnet for $7,500. This enables any hacker to launch DDoS attack of any scale on any network across the globe.
As the article points out:
With the rise of Mirai, experts say the underground DDoS market is shifting as vendors now have the ability to supercharge all of their offerings; giving them an avenue to potentially find new profits and to sell more destructive DDoS cannons.
Though the botnet at present is for sale, soon the prices may drop or even become free enabling a teenager sitting at home to bring down any major network down with few clicks. Things already have been set in motion, it only needs to be seen, when and where the next attack occurs.