In response to reports that a New Hakai IoT botnet is taking aim at D-Link, Huawei, and Realtek routers (link to ZDNet interview with researcher Ankit Anubhav) and that the malware includes efficient Telnet scanner, an expert with Corero Network Security offers perspective.
Sean Newman, Director Product Management at Corero Network Security:
“It’s possibly no coincidence that, within a matter of weeks of the alleged creator of last year’s infamous Satori botnet being indicted, its likely successor, Hakai, appears to be ramping up. With Hakai now gaining exploits for some of the same IoT devices previously the domain of Satori, it gives the sense that the Hakai authors now feel in a position to also claim those devices for their nefarious botnet activities. With large-scale DDoS attacks having gone somewhat quiet over the past few months, we could be in for a storm. With that in mind, organizations which value their online availability should ensure they have the latest generation of real-time volumetric DDoS protection in place.”