A cybercriminal released the source code to malware, known as Mirai, or simply translated from Japanese as “Future”. Mirai powered one of the worst-ever zombie armies, or botnet, made of the Internet of Things. (*the Internet of Things is a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.) A botnet or zombie army is a number of computers hooked up to the internet, setup to forward malicious transmissions unbeknownst to the owner of the computer. These transmissions include harmful spam and viruses that infect other computers on the Internet.
The release of the malware, Mirai, gave cybercriminals with minimal skills a new tool to launch cyberattacks. However, it also gave internet defenders, investigators and security researchers a way track down the bad guys’ activities, to map their armies of hacked devices. These devices, include Cable Modems, DVRs and surveillance cameras, that use default and predictable passwords. These passwords are factory set and obvious, such as “admin” and “123456”, “root” and “password,” or “guest” and “guest,” among others.
The best way to protect yourself from Mirai and similar malware is to always change your factory set passwords. Use passwords that are made up of numbers, symbols and letters, at least 10-15 characters in length. If you are concerned that your business technology may have fallen victim to a botnet attack like the recent malware release,contact Alpha Group. Our Cyber security experts are equipped to identify intrusions like these, discreetly.