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Botnet Uses IoT Devices to Power Massive DDoS Attacks

Botnet Uses IoT Devices to Power Massive DDoS Attacks


LizardStresser, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) botnet that inspired many cyber-crime groups to create their own botnets, was recently used in attacks as large as 400 gigabits per second (Gbps) that leverage the power of IoT devices, Arbor Networks researchers reveal.

Written in C and designed to run on Linux, the botnet malware has had its source code leaked online in early 2015, which inspired DDoS actors to build their own botnets. More recently, however, researchers noticed that the number of unique LizardStresser command and control (C&C) servers has grown, and that actors behind the botnet have been targeting Internet of Things (IoT) devices using default passwords.

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