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Topic-icon Reaper: IoT botnet 'worse than Mirai' infects one million organisations worldwid

4 weeks 9 hours ago #3752 by penguin78

SECURITY OUTFIT Check Point has caught wind of a new IoT botnet that's "more sophisticated than Mirai" and has already affected at least one million organisations worldwide.

Check Point first unearthed the botnet, codenamed 'IoT_reaper', at the beginning of September and claims that, since, it's already enslaved millions of IoT devices including routers and IP cameras from firms including GoAhead, D-Link, TP-Link, Avtech, Netgear, MikroTik, Linksys and Synology.

The latest campaign shares similar technical aspects to Mirai but is said to be more dangerous as it is able to "evolve" in order to exploit vulnerabilities in devices connected to the internet, which it then uses to spread the malware to other devices.

The security firm warns that the botnet is "rapidly spreading worldwide" and could soon be weaponised the launch cyber attacks in the same fashion of Mirai last year.

Check Point said: "While some technical aspects lead us to suspect a possible connection to Mirai, this is an entirely new and far more sophisticated campaign that is rapidly spreading worldwide."

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