A Bigger, Badder Botnet of Things Has Been Found, and It’s Primed to Ravage the Web
Actually, maybe you should fear the Reaper. At least the one that takes the form of a freshly discovered botnet, which threatens to become far larger than the one that took down a big chunk of the Internet last year.
But unlike its predecessor, which simply guessed default passwords of connected devices in order to ensnare them in its network, Reaper uses software exploits to hack into them. That could help it grow to be very large indeed. Maya Horowitz, from Check Point, tells Wired that the exploits make it “much easier to recruit into this army of devices,” and says that “millions” of pieces of hardware are already lined up for conscription by Reaper. Gulp.