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DOJ Secures Pleas from Mirai Botnet Attackers

Warner says work remains in protecting IoT 12/13/2017 3:33 PM Eastern

The Justice Department says it has secured guilty please in three cases of cyber attacks involving the Mirai and Clickfraud botnets, which hijacked thousands of IoT devices.

The Mirai distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks blocked access to Web sites along the East Coast in October of last year, including Twitter and reddit.

Defendants in Alaska pled guilty to creating and operating the botnets, while another in New Jersey pled guilty to launching an attack on Rutgers University.

“The Mirai and Clickfraud botnet schemes are powerful reminders that as we continue on a path of a more interconnected world, we must guard against the threats posed by cybercriminals that can quickly weaponize technological developments to cause vast and varied types of harm,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan of the guilty pleas. “The Criminal Division will remain constantly vigilant in combating these sophisticated schemes, prosecuting cybercriminals, and protecting the American people.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), appropately, used Twitter to say he was pleased with the pleas said there was still much work to do to protect the myriad IoT devices.

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