Cyber Security

The mysterious demise of the Mozi botnet – Week in security with Tony Anscombe


Various questions linger following the botnet’s sudden and deliberate demise, including: who actually initiated it?

This week, ESET researchers described what they had aptly called “a fascinating case of cyberforensics” – the sudden and mysterious shutdown of the Mozi botnet. One of the world’s most notorious IoT botnets experienced a sudden drop in activity in August, first in India and then in China. This ultimately led the researchers to the discovery of a kill switch that had been used to take down the botnet in a deliberate and calculated manner.

But many questions linger, including: why was the botnet taken down and who were the takedown’s instigators? Learn more in the video and make sure to read the analysis on WeLiveSecurity.

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