New, more-powerful IoT botnet infects 3,500 devices in 5 days

Discovery of Linux/IRCTelnet suggests troubling new DDoS menace could get worse.

DAN GOODIN – 11/1/2016, 4:15 PM

“A recent volley of DDoS attacks launched from infected IoT devices has opened a troubling chapter for the Internet because the assaults are capable of delivering malicious data in volumes that were almost unimaginable just a few years ago. Linux/IRCTelnet is likely only the beginning of what could be a long line of next-generation malware that steadily improves its capabilities. The proliferation of Internet-connected devices that by default are defenseless against these threats is bad news, indeed.”