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Dark Nexus: A New Emerging IoT Botnet Malware Spotted in the Wild

Dr. Eduardo Rocha, Senior Solutions Engineer & Security Analyst @ GlobalDots
10.04.2020
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Bot Mitigation & Anti-Fraud

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new emerging IoT botnet threat that leverages compromised smart devices to stage ‘distributed denial-of-service’ attacks, potentially triggered on-demand through platforms offering DDoS-for-hire services.

The botnet, named “dark_nexus” by Bitdefender researchers, works by employing credential stuffing attacks against a variety of devices, such as routers (from Dasan Zhone, Dlink, and ASUS), video recorders, and thermal cameras, to co-opt them into the botnet.

So far, dark_nexus comprises at least 1,372 bots, acting as a reverse proxy, spanning across various locations in China, South Korea, Thailand, Brazil, and Russia.

Read more: The Hacker News

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