New IoT botnet discovered that infected 3500 devices in 5 days

A recent report reveals that a new Internet of things (IoT) botnet has managed to infect almost 3500 Internet connected devices in only 5 days. The malware, named Linux/IRCTelnet, uses code from several existing malicious Internet of Things (IoT) applications. It also includes code for attacking sites that run on the new version of Internet protocol – IPv6. Arstechnica notes that, like many IoT bots, Linux/IRCTelnet is not persistent, and the compromised devices are disinfected as soon as they are restarted. However, once a device is infected, its IP address is stored by the botnet operator, and it can be later used to infect the device again.