The Mirai-based attacks will not disappear in the near future, according to Akamai Technologies.
Akamai Technologies has published a new edition of its report on the state of the Internet in terms of security, corresponding to the third quarter of 2017 .
According to this report, attacks on web applications have increased by 69% compared to the third quarter of 2016. Compared with the second quarter of 2017, the increase has been 30%. Akamai reveals that the attackers use to a large extent the SQL injection technique , which is an attack vector that has experienced increases of 62% year-on-year and 19% sequential.
DDoS attacks also increased , with Germany being the country with the highest number of IPs originating attack traffic, accounting for more than a fifth of the total. And that Germany did not leave in the top 5 three months before. For its part Egypt, the leader of the previous quarter, leaves the top 5 places.
Akamai has examined the Mirai botnet and discovered a new malware , called WireX , which opens the door to new problems. Mirai uses devices from the Internet of Things (IoT) and the new strain was behind the biggest attack of the quarter. Meanwhile, WireX allows controlling Android devices. From Akamai warn that “the attackers could take advantage of IoT and Android devices to generate future armies of botnets . “
“The ability to easily access end nodes with poor security and the availability of source code make it more than likely that Mirai-based attacks will not disappear in the near future , “ says Martin McKeay, senior editor of the report. “Our experience tells us that, every day, a new army of potential attackers is connected. This together with factors such as the ubiquity of Android software and the growth of the internet of things increase the innumerable challenges associated with the risks and rewards that companies face “.
Now, with the Christmas sales campaign in full process, the launch of new attacks via IoT devices and mobile platforms is feared.