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You Can Now Rent A Mirai Botnet Of 400,000 Bots (bleepingcomputer.com) 62

An anonymous reader writes: Two hackers are renting access to a massive Mirai botnet, which they claim has more than 400,000 infected bots, ready to carry out DDoS attacks at anyone's behest. The hackers have quite a reputation on the hacking underground and have previously been linked to the GovRAT malware, which was used to steal data from several US companies. Renting around 50,000 bots costs between $3,000-$4,000 for 2 weeks, meaning renting the whole thing costs between $20,000-$30,000.

After the Mirai source code leaked, there are countless smaller Mirai botnets around, but this one is [believed to be the one] accounting for more than half of all infected IoT devices...that supposedly shut down Internet access in Liberia. The original Mirai botnet was limited to only 200,000 bots because there were only 200,000 IoT devices connected online that had their Telnet ports open. The botnet that's up for rent now has received improvements and can also spread to IoT devices via SSH, hence the 400,000 bots total.

Interestingly, the article claims the botnet's creators had access \to the Mirai source code "long before it went public."
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You Can Now Rent A Mirai Botnet Of 400,000 Bots

by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 27, 2016 @05:42PM (#53373415)

By getting an article posted on slashdot and having the site you want DDoS'd linked in the summary :)

by Anonymous Coward

5 visitors from Skashdot isn't going to ddos anyone.

• Re: (Score:1)

by Anonymous Coward

Maybe 10 years ago...

• 15k a week? (Score:2)

Jesus, I'm in the wrong line of work.
• Re: (Score:1)

Jesus, I'm in the wrong line of work.

Hopefully someone will find them, drag them into the woods and put 2 in the back of their heads.

[ He said with all the charity he could muster for people like that. ]

• Re: (Score:2)

Isn't capitalism a wonderful thing?

• Re: (Score:2)

Bulk discount maybe???
• Why would the Russians rent out their botnets? (Score:2)

So a state-level actor rents out a botnet commercially? <Watches as cognitive dissonance explodes heads>

• Re: (Score:1)

It's an interesting subject. If the botnet was created by some government actors, it would make sense to privatize it but still keep the keys so that you could: a) disavow if the operators are discovered, b) know who else is using it and for what, c) seize it if needed in an emergency. If it was created by private actors, a government would want to find them and get that kind of access to it, but certainly not destroy it or interfere with its operation.
• Enough with the Bot Nets. (Score:1)

My only hope is that someone will make an analogue "watchdog" disconnection device to the Web when the computer is idle for a period of time. This won't solve the problem but it will cut drastically the amount of units at their disposal.

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