Hot Off the Press: Latest threat to the Internet is rapidly sneaking into millions of IoT devices converting them into zombies

Researchers believe that a Web crisis looms ahead, with IoT_reaper already having infected nearly two million devices and continuously growing at an alarming rate of 10,000 new devices per day.

A little over a year after the malware named Mirai caused some of the largest and most disruptive DDoS attacks in history, Security researchers are cautioning about a new  and quickly spreading virus that can convert IoT devices into remote controlled “bots” (web robots) that can be used in a wider network of bots to launch large-scale network attacks.

Named IoT_reaper, it was noticed for the first time in September 2017 by Qihoo 360, a Chinese Internet security company. Instead of trying to wrest control by cracking easy-to-guess default passwords set on devices, IoT_reaper fires a salvo of code that exploits vulnerabilities in networking devices from D-Link, Netgear, Linksys and CCTV cameras from Go-Ahead, JAWS and AVTECH.

Mystery remains around the purpose of the IoT botnet. For now, it’s unclear what the Reaper’s owners plan to do with their beast.

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