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Mirai: Trio confesses to creating the world’s most powerful DDoS botnet

One of the hackers also open sourced the code, enabling criminals to launch their own attacks

Three men have admitted to being the authors of the devastating Mirai botnet, which was used to launch a DDoS attack that took large parts of the internet offline last year before being widely shared with cyber criminals.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 20, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 21, of Metairie, Louisiana, all pleaded guilty to operating Mirai last week, in a court case unsealed by the US Department of Justice yesterday.

The trio built the botnet over the summer and autumn of 2016, targeting IoT devices like routers and wireless cameras, and targeting device vulnerabilities that would let Mirai enslave connected gadgets.

Mirai was behind one of the most effective DDoS attacks ever, hammering DNS provider Dyn with access requests from tens of millions of different IP addresses to force it offline and thereby bring down Github, Reddit, Twitter, Spotify and other huge companies that rely on Dyn to route users to their sites.

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