New research “Priority threat actors adopt Mirai source code” from Juniper Threat Labs shows how threat actors are adopting and evolving Mirai source code for new targets. Juniper researcher Jesse Lands also warns that many organizations are becoming unduly complacent about Mirai attacks, placing them at heightened risk.
Malware developers have been adapting commercial software development paradigms for a while. In a world where malicious actors have moved their operations to mimic conventional business models, offering Malware as a Service, it\’s no surprise Juniper\’s Threat Lab has detected a new variation of the 2016 vintage Mirai malware.
They make a valid point, in that assuming existing security measures can defend against evolving threats can be dangerous. The bad guys are evolving their methods and organizations need to evolve their security to match. That includes keeping their security stack up to date, and deploying advanced analytic tools that can evolve to meet a changing threat landscape as old attacks evolve into new threats.