Homeland Security warns of 'BrickerBot' malware that destroys unsecured internet-connected devices

Reminiscent of the Mirai botnet that brought down large swathes of the US internet last year, this new malware targets poorly-secured Internet of Things devices and renders them useless.
Security firm Radware first spotted the newly-found "BrickerBot" malware last month after it started hitting its own honeypots, logging hundreds of infection attempts over a few days. When the malware connects to a device with their default usernames and passwords -- often easily found on the internet -- the malware corrupts the device's storage, leading to a state of permanent denial-of-service (PDoS) attack, known as "bricking."

In other words, this attack, "damages a system so badly that it requires replacement or reinstallation of hardware," said Radware.


Homeland Security warns of 'BrickerBot' malware that destroys unsecured internet-connected devices | ZDNet