Timeline of Mirai: the internet of things botnet that took down the internet

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


The rise of the Mirai botnet was swift and dramatic. From its discovery in mid-2016, to taking down many of the internet's most popular websites just months later. What differentiates Mirai – Japanese for ‘the future’ – was that it infected unsecured internet of things (IoT) 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 a reverse timeline on how Mirai has evolved to date, who’s involved, and who the victims are of this alarmingly powerful IoT botnet.

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