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Even in Test Mode, New Mirai Variant Infecting IoT Devices

Healthcare Info Security

Doug Olenick

A greatly enhanced variant of the powerful Mirai botnet is already infecting IoT devices even though it's operating in a test environment, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Avira Protection Lab.

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Researchers discovered samples of the variant, dubbed "Katana," that have Layer 7 distributed denial-of-service capability, separate encryption keys for each source, fast self-replication and secure connection to its command-and-control servers, Tettang, Germany-based Avira reports.

"Katana contains several features of Mirai," says Alexander Vukevic, director of Avira Protection Labs. "These include running...

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