New Mirai Variant Carries Out 54-Hour DDoS Attacks

A variant of the Mirai malware pummeled a U.S. college last month with a marathon 54-hour long attack. Researchers say this latest Mirai variant is a more potent version of the notorious Mirai malware that made headlines in October, targeting DNS provider Dyn and the Krebs on Security website.

The IoT botnet behind the DDoS attacks is flooding its targets with HTTP traffic in application layer attacks, according to a technical overview by security firm Imperva posted on Wednesday.

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