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OMG: Mirai-based Bot Turns IoT Devices into Proxy Servers

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In preparation for our talk entitled “IoT: Battle of Bots” at the RootedCon Security conference that will be held in Madrid, Spain this March 2018, the FortiGuard Labs team encountered yet another new Mirai variant.

Since the release of the source code of the Mirai botnet, FortiGuard Labs has seen a number of variations and adaptations written by multiple authors entering the IoT threat landscape. These modified Mirai-based bots differ by adding new techniques, in addition to the original telnet brute force login, including the use of exploits and the targeting of more architectures. We have also observed that the motivation for many of the modifications to Mirai is to earn more money. Mirai was originally designed for DDoS attack, but later modifications were used to target vulnerable ETH mining rigs to mine cryptocurrency. In this article we will discuss about how a Mirai-based bot called OMG turns an IoT device into a proxy server.

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