The “admin:password” Problem: Standard Passwords Helped to Create a Botnet From Almost 400,000 IoT Devices
The source code for a large IoT Mirai botnet components was published in early October 2016. It was known that there were mainly IoT devices in the botnet, including CCTV and DVR, almost 400,000 devices — extremely powerful botnet for DDoS attacks.Screenshot of the forum Hackforums, where was published a message with links to the source code of the botnet
We saw at least two major attacks through Mirai botnet: Brian Krebs’ website was subjected to DDoS attack at speed of about 620 Gb/s; the French OVH hosting provider underwent an even more powerful DDoS attack of 1 Tb/s.
Botnet’s logic of spreading and devices’ infection indicates that digital cameras or IoT were not initially the target of its creators. They focused on finding connected to the Internet devices