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Hacker 'BestBuy' sentenced to prison for operating Mirai DDoS botnet

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A UK court sentenced today a 30-year-old man to two years and eight months in prison for using a DDoS botnet to viciously attack and take down internet connectivity in Liberia in the fall of 2016.

The man is 30-year-old Daniel Kaye, also known online under the monickers of "BestBuy" and "Popopret."

He is one of the many hackers who downloaded the source code of the Mirai IoT malware when it was first published online in October 2016.

Mirai is an infamous malware strain that can infect routers and IoT devices and which was used in several DDoS attacks in the fall of 2016, including against managed DNS provider Dyn, an attack that led to almost a quarter of the internet going down.

Following the Dyn attack, the Mirai author published the source code of the malware in an attempt to hide his tracks. Kaye was just one of the many other hackers who downloaded the source code and created his own Mirai offshoot in the autumn of 2016.

Daniel Kaye Image: UK NCA

Kaye, a British citizen...(continued)

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