There’s a new malware which is destroying IoT devices.
A security researcher at cybersecurity company Radware, has discovered a new malware. This malware, dubbed Brickerbot, is not your typical malware. It’s not trying to steal your information, or take control of your device, no, it just wants to break it.
The malware works much like the Mirai botnet that took down much of the internet last year. It searches the internet for vulnerable devices IoT devices running embedded versions of Linux. Once found, it carries out a “permanent denial of service” attack. This bricks the device altogether.
This attack raises many questions. Primarily, why? Why would someone create malware that had no purpose other than to break devices? A theory is that it was created by someone angry at device manufacturers for their security practices. As we learn with each new security breach, those security practices are just not enough.
Luckily, someone is working to change this. It was just earlier this month that John Chen wrote, “‘Is a securely connected world really possible?’. Yes it is and, not only is it possible, it is a category that BlackBerry is bringing definition to and providing leadership in. We recognize that security is a cat and mouse game, requiring constant investment and innovation and that is what we do, day in, day out. “