Investigating Mirai

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The use of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to knock services, applications or businesses offline isn’t a new strategy. In fact, DDoS attacks are in such widespread use that it’s practically a household term.

It starts with Mirai. It’s a new and clever malware that takes advantage of lax security standards in connected smart devices — also known as the Internet of Things (IoT) — to build massive botnets that are able to deploy DDoS payloads that surpass 1 Tbps throughputs.