New Mirai Variants Leverage Open Source ProjectAboriginal Linux gives Mirai new cross-platform capabilities - including Android.
Mirai, the IoT botnet responsible for enormous DDoS attacks in 2016, has continued to evolve: it's now leveraging an open-source project named Aboriginal Linux to make cross-compiling the malicious code easier, more effective, and less prone to error.
Since the Mirai code was released as an open source project, the malware has quickly evolved in a number of different directions. This newest variant - discovered by Symantec researchers - supports Mirai variants for multiple platforms including Android. All were created using Aboriginal Linux.
According to Symantec, the Linux tool makes the versions robust and operational "on a wide variety of devices ranging from routers, IP cameras, connected devices, and even Android devices."
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