Mirai Author Gets Only Six Months of House Arrest, $8.6 Million Restitution

Paras Jha, Mirai botnet's co-author, was sentenced today to six months of home incarceration and ordered today to pay $8.6 million in restitution for the damages caused by his malware-powered Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) network.

Mirai is a self-propagating malware strain designed by Paras Jha and Dalton Norman which mainly targets Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as routers, digital video recorders, and IP cameras, transforming them into remotely controlled "bots" that can be used to trigger large-scale Denial of Service attacks.

At its peak, Jha's Mirai botnet managed to infect and control hundreds of thousands of compromised devices which made it possible to attack and bring down most websites.

Jha posted the Mirai's source code on a hacking forum in 2016 and, since then, a multitude of other botnets have been created using the code he shared, most of them featuring the same level of sophistication and, at times, bundling even more complex exploita... (read more)

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