Experts fear rise in cyber attacks after dangerous Mirai code is made available online

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It has been reported that security experts have warned about a potential increase in the number of cyber attacks after a malicious code was leaked online.

The code can target websites and smart devices connected via the Internet of Things knocking them offline.

The fear is that now the information has been released online it may be used to target more homes and organisations all around the world.

The code, which is nicknamed ‘Mirai’ targets thermostats, webcams and smart TVs that are only secured by weak passwords.

Once attacked, the information is sent to a botnet network created by the hackers to target and bombard victims with unusually high levels of internet traffic until the website’s servers are unable to cope with the demand.

The report suggested that devices that have been hijacked by the botnet network will see significant reductions in internet speed.

The research was carried out by Symantec for Norton and said that countries throughout Southeast Asia are increasingly being used to power these botnet networks.

Unsurprisingly, Norton recommends that users secure their devices with strong and unique passwords as well as only using only secure WiFi networks.

Users are also advised to make sure they regularly update all their devices with the latest firmware updates. Users are also advised to avoid downloading apps from unverified sources.

Last week, the Mirai code was used in what was believed to be the largest cyber attack ever carried out.

The attack resulted in the Krebs on Security blog being taken offline after the site was flooded with 620 gigabits of data per second.

The attack was thought to be in response to the website’s owner, Brian Krebs, exposing a group of hackers who carry out cyber attacks for payment.

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