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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Krebs Pinpoints the Likely Author of the Mirai Botnet (engadget.com)

The Mirai botnet caused serious trouble last fall, first hijacking numerous IoT devices to make a historically massive Distributed Denial-Of-Service (DDoS) attack on KrebsOnSecurity's site in September before taking down a big chunk of the internet a month later.

 But who's responsible for making the malware? From a report on Engadget: 

After his site went dark, security researcher Brian Krebs went on a mission to identify its creator, and he thinks he has the answer:

 Several sources and corroborating evidence point to Paras Jha, a Rutgers University student and owner of DDoS protection provider Protraf Solutions

About a week after attacking the security site, the individual who supposedly launched the attack, going by the username Anna Senpai, released the source code for the Mirai botnet, which spurred other copycat assaults.

 But it also gave Krebs the first clue in their long road to uncover Anna Senpai's real-life identity -- an investigation so exhaustive, the Krebs made a glossary of cross-referenced names and terms along with an incomplete relational map.

 This was taken Christmas morning/afternoon.

 It's a 22 minute video I processed at 4x as to not waste a bunch of time. You tell me what's going on! :) This is a great video and explains it pretty well.

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