Emotet’s Central Position in the Malware Ecosystem

Credit to Author: Andrew Brandt| Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2019 14:01:28 +0000

As the world rolls into another Cyber Monday, and online shoppers continue their hunt for the best deals, SophosLabs wants to remind you that there&#8217;s a metaphorical malware elephant in the room that would like nothing more than to steal financial information, and the use of your computer, for nefarious ends. The Emotet Ecosystem infographic, [&#8230;]<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/ItFCW7TqIXw” height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Reaper: Calm Before the IoT Security Storm?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:42:42 +0000

It’s been just over a year since the world witnessed some of the world’s top online Web sites being taken down for much of the day by “Mirai,” a zombie malware strain that enslaved “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices such as wireless routers, security cameras and digital video recorders for use in large-scale online attacks. Now, experts are sounding the alarm about the emergence of what appears to be a far more powerful strain of IoT attack malware — variously named “Reaper” and “IoTroop” — that spreads via security holes in IoT software and hardware. And there are indications that over a million organizations may be affected already. Reaper isn’t attacking anyone yet. For the moment it is apparently content to gather gloom to itself from the darkest reaches of the Internet. But if history is any teacher, we are likely enjoying a period of false calm before another humbling IoT attack wave breaks.

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Who is Anna-Senpai, the Mirai Worm Author?


On September 22, 2016, this site was forced offline for nearly four days after it was hit with “Mirai,” a malware strain that enslaves poorly secured Internet of Things (IoT) devices like wireless routers and security cameras into a botnet for use in large cyberattacks. Roughly a week after that assault, the individual(s) who launched that attack — using the name “Anna Senpai” — released the source code for Mirai, spawning dozens of copycat attack armies online. After months of digging, KrebsOnSecurity is now confident to have uncovered Anna Senpai’s real-life identity, and the identity of at least one co-conspirator who helped to write and modify the malware.

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