Assessing the threat the Reaper botnet poses to the Internet—what we know now

Assessing the threat the Reaper botnet poses to the Internet—what we know now

Johnny Ashburn Eight days have passed since researchers first warned of a new, potentially Internet-paralyzing botnet made up of cameras, routers, and other so-called Internet-of-things devices. There are good reasons for concern that Reaper, as the botnet has been dubbed, could pose as big a threat as Mirai, the mass IoT infection that last year caused chaos with record-setting distributed denial-of-service attacks . The more nuanced reality is that Reaper exhibits some unusual behavior that makes it impossible to assess the real danger the botnet presents. Some facts that have come to light over the past few days strongly […]