The infamous Mirai IoT malware is now capable of targeting Windows systems, according to researchers as an antivirus firm. The original version of the malware was discovered in August 2016, and the new Windows version is being used by cybercriminals to infect Internet of Things devices and conduct distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Richard Meeus, VP Technology at NSFOCUS IB commented below.
Richard Meeus, VP Technology at NSFOCUS IB:
“The use of Windows to distribute Mirai means that it has now established a bridgehead into private networks. Previously, IoT devices that were not connected directly to the internet were not thought to be as heavily at risk as those that were. With Windows ever-present in many homes and businesses Mirai now has a new vehicle to infect even more devices.”