- Feb 4, 2016
The notorious Mirai malware serves as a basis for a whole ecosystem of botnets.
Almost six years have passed since the Mirai botnet was discovered in August 2016. However, the malware that allowed some of the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has mutated.
According to research by Intel 471, a cyber threat intelligence company, Mirai malware has since spurred many different botnets, all with seemingly similar objectives - to steal data using Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Moreover, threat actors started actively developing and selling access to botnets built from the Mirai codebase, forming a botnet-based ecosystem.