Police Have Arrested a Suspect in a Massive ‘Internet of Things’ Attack

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reports:

European police suspect a 29-year-old man of keeping one million people offline. They might have found the person behind the notorious hacker known as BestBuy.

At the end of last year, hackers took over hundreds of thousands of home routers using a variant of the infamous Internet of Things malware known as Mirai. Then they rented out that massive botnet so that anyone could use it to try to take down websites and servers with crippling distributed denial of service attacks, or DDoS.

That specific botnet is believed to be responsible for intermittent internet outages in the African country of Liberia, in the UK, in Germany, and for a large—but failed—cyberattack on the anti-spam organization Spamhaus.

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