Reaper: A New Botnet on the Horizon

Marcelo Orlandi
Reaper: A New Botnet on the Horizon

You may remember hearing about a botnet called Mirai, a malicious malware capable of using any IoT (Internet of Things) device against any other devices in the Internet. Well, a new type of botnet is coming called Reaper.

Back in October, Mirai caused a massively distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack bringing down popular websites off the internet for millions of users. Some of the websites brought down were GitHub, Dyn, Twitter, Netflix and many others.

This new botnet, called Reaper, has appeared on the radar of security researchers around a month ago.  It is said that during the last month more than 2 million devices are already part of this network, devices such as security cameras, webcams, and any internet connected devices. The problem is that this botnet is growing exponentially and will quickly become bigger than the Mirai one.

If you remember Mirai used to scan devices on the network trying default usernames and passwords to get access to them and adding into the botnet. However, Reaper has a more advanced approach which targets known vulnerabilities in devices and injecting malicious code converting it as part of a worldwide botnet.

But this does not end here, once the device is infected the same device tries to spread the malware to other devices like a worm.

Do you have any devices such as TV, DVR, or webcams facing the internet? Well, I think this is the best time to make sure they are up-to-date.

Until next Monday Malware – Be safe out there.