Mirai DDoS botnet for rent

A massive Mirai botnet, which promises over 400,000 bots which can carry out DDoS attacks, is for rent on the Internet.

Akamai’s Q3 2016 State of the Internet Security Report showed that a Mirai botnet was behind the biggest DDoS attacks ever observed by the company – 623Gbps and 555Gbps.

“These attacks were remarkable not only for their size, but also for the source and nature of the traffic they used,” said Akamai.

“Since June, we had been researching a strain of malware we called Kaiten, which targets home routers and Internet of Things devices.”

“The malware has now been released to the world at large, under the name Mirai, and targets more than 60 default username and password combinations.”

The source code for the Mirai botnet was made available online, which has resulted in the “Mirai DDoS botnet for hire”.

According to Bleeping Computer, customers can rent their desired quantity of Mirai bots for a minimum of two weeks.

“Price is determined by amount of bots (more bots more money), attack duration (longer means more money), and cooldown time (longer means discount),” said Bleeping Computer.

“The price for 50,000 bots with attack duration of 3,600 secs (1 hour) and a 5-to-10-minute cooldown time is approximately $3,000 to $4,000 per two weeks.”

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