In NetLab 360’s blog it said that MikroTik routers were being compromised with malware. In its post it questioned why the attacker is paying attention to the network management protocol regular users barely use but didn’t have an answer.
Sean Neman, Director of Product Management of Corero Networks commented below his thoughts as to what the aim of the attackers might be.
Sean Newman, Director of Product Management at Corero Networks:
“It’s hard to know what the true motive is, but Crypto-mining is a reasonable guess. With the current number of compromised devices estimated at 7,500, this seems a very small number to believe it would be worthwhile weaponizing them as a DDoS botnet. Although, if the numbers continue to grow then there’s every expectation that could change.”