A 14-year-old hacker bricked at least 4,000 Internet of Things devices with a new strain of malware called Silex this week. Threatpost talks to the researcher who discovered the malware.
A 14-year-old hacker used a new strain of malware this week to brick up to 4,000 insecure Internet of Things devices – before abruptly shutting down his command and control server.
The malware, dubbed Silex, was first discovered by Larry Cashdollar, senior security intelligence response engineer at Akamai, on his honeypot. The malware, like the BrickerBot malware in 2017, targeted insecure IoT devices and rendered them unusable.