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.

Vishal Ingole, November 7,  2016
Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, publisher of the CyberOSINT monograph


2 Responses to “Hackers Having Field Day with Mirai Botnet”

  1. Laureen on December 4th, 2016 2:24 pm

    He’s from the north of England

  2. Karry on December 4th, 2016 2:30 pm

    I don’t think I’m fully understanding one of your points here. At one point in your post you refer to this blog entry http://lessonsilearned.org/2010/02/changing-attitudes-and-actions-takes-more-than-giving-things/ as being critical of organizations like Charity Water and you seemed to imply that you disagree with the entry. While I agree with you that the entry does seem somewhat critical of actions aimed at “giving things away” the following quote from the entry suggests to me that the author aims to empower the local population:  “…we look to bednets to solve a malaria problem. We try to rush to get more bednets to more people to solve a problem that isn’t just about things. In many places in the world, malaria-carrying mosquitoes feed at sunset. Most people are not spending the time right at sunset in their beds. Besides that, it isn’t about getting the bednets into people’s hands; the solution is educating people about malaria—ways to prevent it (including bednets), how to treat it. In places where malaria is very prevalent, putting dollars which might have gone to bednet distribution into educating people about the early signs of malaria, connecting people to local or free hospitals, and providing education about the most useful forms of treatment might save more lives and also create a market demand for bednets.  Besides, giving things away can sometimes destroy the development of market-based solutions to product distribution.” It isn’t my intention to sound snarky but isn’t the empowerment of the locals one of your goals as well? It seems to me like a more balanced approach is needed. To stay with the malaria example wouldn’t it be fair to say that local populations need to both be given bednets in addition to receiving malaria related education 

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