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Homeland Security Warns of ‘BrickerBot’ Malware that Destroys Unsecured Internet-connected Devices

A new kind of attack is targeting unsecured Internet of Things devices by scrambling their code and rendering them useless. Security firm Radware first spotted the newly found “BrickerBot” malware last month after it started hitting its own honeypots, logging hundreds of infection attempts over a few days. When the malware connects to a device with their default usernames and passwords — often easily found on the internet — the malware corrupts the device’s storage, leading to a state of permanent denial-of-service (PDoS) attack, also known as “bricking.” In other words, this attack “damages a system so badly that it requires replacement or reinstallation of hardware,” said Radware.

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDNet

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