SiliconANGLE: How the Mirai botnet continues to threaten business networks

One of the most powerful pieces of malware began with the efforts of three American teens who were motivated by playing “Minecraft” in 2014. Called Mirai, it would go on to crash Germany’s largest internet provider, knock Dyn’s Domain Name System servers offline and disrupt all of Liberia’s internet connections.

In my post for SiliconANGLE today, I discuss how Mirai exposed the soft underbelly of IoT security, which often has hard-coded default passwords that make them easy to compromise and subsequently control in a DDoS attack. It is a hard problem to enumerate all of these devices, update them and change their default passwords where that’s even possible.

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