In terms of big news, Q2 2021 was relatively calm, but not completely eventless. For example, April saw the active distribution of a new DDoS botnet called Simps — the name under which it introduced itself to owners of infected devices. The malware creators promoted their brainchild on a specially set-up YouTube channel and Discord server, where they discussed DDoS attacks. The actual DDoS functionality of Simps is not original: the code overlaps with the Mirai and Gafgyt botnets.
That said, nor does Gafgyt rely on originality: a handful of modules in the new variants (detected by Uptycs) were all borrowed from Mirai, the most widespread botnet. In particular, Gafgyt’s authors copied its implementation of various DDoS methods, such as TCP, UDP and HTTP flooding, as well as its brute-force functionality for hacking IoT devices via the Telnet protocol.