Timeline of Mirai: the internet of things botnet | Malware and IoT | What is Mirai?

Since its mid-2016 discovery, Mirai has evolved to become one of the most powerful security threats

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The rise of the Mirai botnet was swift and dramatic, from its discovery in mid-2016 to taking down many of the web’s most popular websites just months later. What differentiates Mirai – Japanese for ‘the future’ – was that it infected unsecured internet of things devices, like DVRs and IP cameras. And it largely slipped under the radar until it was large enough to launch sustained, significant and record-breaking attacks.

Read on for how Mirai has evolved to date, who’s involved, and who the victims are of this alarmingly powerful IoT botnet.