A possible return of the Mirai malware

Palo Alto Networks (a US cybersecurity company) published a report, according to which a new variant of Mirai malware was discovered. Mirai is best known for being used in the 2016 DDoS attacks. This time, the new variant targets devices such as routers, network storage devices, network video recorders, and IP cameras. This development, according to the report, indicates that Mirai might be used this time to target enterprises. The report warns that enterprises need to be aware of the status of their IoT devices on their network and therefore should “change default passwords, ensure that devices are fully up-to-date on patches. And in the case of devices that cannot be patched, to remove those devices from the network as a last resort.”