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Hackers have created a potent new variant of the Mirai IoT malware. The latest variant is capable of launching application layer attacks rather than simply flooding targeted sites with junk traffic. The new botnet has already been used to hit a US college with a two-day-long attack late last month, DDoS mitigation outfit …

  1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    Movie remake?

    I'm waiting for the Hollywood remake of Independence Day where, instead of flying out to the alien spaceship and logging into their system via RS232, our hero launches a botnet to reprogram the IoT thermostats on the alien refrigerators causing them all to die of food poisoning.

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: Movie remake?

      Surely the heroes will only have to hack a captured alien's smartphone to get at the app which opens all the IoT airlock doors?

  2. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    WTF?

    What is it with all these malware writers?

    Not enough toilet doors to scribble on?

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