[clug] Perhaps someone might talk about this topic?

Bob Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Sun Nov 6 23:58:00 UTC 2016

On 05/11/16 01:51, Bryan Kilgallin (PC) wrote:
> {Mirai (Japanese for "the future") is malware that turns computer
> systems running Linux into remotely controlled "bots", that can be used
> as part of a botnet in large-scale network attacks. It primarily targets
> online consumer devices such as remote cameras and home routers.}
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirai_(malware)

I'd just say that the part of the Wikipedia article that you have quoted
is somewhat poorly written.

Mirai targets some embedded devices made by one or more manufacturers
who use Linux as their base O/S. I may be being pedantic, but the
vulnerability that Mirai is targetting has little to do with Linux
per se, and a lot to do with the (intentional?) lack of most normal
authentication mechanisms that any internet-connected device should

So, only a small(ish) subset of "systems running Linux" are susceptible
to Mirai (although I could readily configure any of my Linux devices to
become one of them...).

Not really all that much more to talk about, I think.


Bob Edwards.

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