A new devastating tool by the name of Mirai was used in the attack on Dyn - the largest DDoS in history. It achieved this by using Internet of Things (IoT) devices as a botnet to great effect. How did we get here?
KREBSONSECURITY HIT BY
The website of researcher Brian Krebs is
attacked by a botnet using IoT devices to
MIRAI IS DISCOVERED
Security researchers at MalwareMustDie
uncover a new trojan - the binary
was called “Mirai.*”.
SOURCE CODE DUMPED ONLINE
A user by the name of ‘Anna-Senpei’ posts
their tracks. Mirai becomes open source.
MIRAI’S NETWORK DOUBLES IN SIZE
Colorado's Level 3 Communications estimates
the number of devices compromised by
Mirai rise from 213,000 to 493,000.
MIRAI HITS DYN
A huge DDoS using Mirai hits Dyn, a company
that controls much of the internet’s domain
name system infrastructure. Spotify, Reddit and
MIRAI HITS OVH
French cloud and web hosting company
OVH reports a huge attack on several
of its customer's websites.
GERMANY UNDER ATTACK
An updated type of Mirai that exploits security
ﬂaws in routers brings down web access for
almost a million Deutsche Telekom
customers for two days.
TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
Two hackers ‘BestBuy’ and ‘Popopret’, the
two behind the Deutsche Telekom attack,
advertise their Mirai botnet of 400,000 for
TALKTALK IS TARGETED
At least 55,000 of TalkTalk’s customers
lose internet connection for several days.
Brian Krebs puts in ‘100’s of hours of research’
and claims there are similarities between
‘Anna-Senpai’ & Paras Jha, owner of a DDoS
MIRAI EVOLVES ONTO WINDOWS
Kaspersky Lab ﬁnds a hacker has created a
version of Mirai based on the Windows OS.
AN ARREST IS MADE
A 29-year-old British man is arrested under
suspicion of carrying out the Deutsche Telekom
attack. Germany pushes for extradition.
MIRAI IS “HYDRA”
says Bryant Townsend, CEO of Backconnect,
in a reference to the mythical many-headed
THE ENEMY WITHIN IOT
MIRAI & DDOS - A TIMELINE
2016 saw the emergence of the
most devastating DDoS tool ever
created - Mirai
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