Hacker Arrested Who Alleged For Taking Down 1 Million Routers Using Mirai

Last year, someone took down more than 1Million broadband routers of Deutsche Telekom users in Germany, which affected everything from television to internet service in the country.

British police have now arrested the suspect in connection with taking down Deutsche Telekom broadband that hit approx 1 Million routers.

UK’s National Crime Agency(NCA) reportedly arrested 29-year-old British suspect from Luton airport on Wednesday revealed by Germany’s federal criminal police force (BAK).

German police said “From the outset, Deutsche Telekom cooperated with law enforcement agencies,” BKA said. “Technical assistance was also provided by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in the analysis of the malicious software used.”

The attack was used to carry out huge DDoS service, the attacker compromised the home routers and networked them to create Botnets and then the attacker offers them in Dark Web markets.

But accidently the attack created a DDoS (Distributed Denial Of Service) situation, resulted in more than 1Million router down and created disrupt in internet connectivity.

What is Botnet?

A network of computers infected with malicious software or code and controlled without the owners’ knowledge, e.g. to DDoS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attack.

In other words, Botnet of hacked machines was created by an attacker to carry out DDoS attacks to take the server down by flooding the bandwidth or resources than the website can handle.

Reports say that attacker used Mirai, the most famous Malware that scan IoT malware which scans vulnerable routers, cameras, DVRs, and other IoT devices and binds them to create a botnet network.

Mirai is the same malware which disrupts internet service across Europe and US, making some most popular website inaccessible like NetFlix, CNN And Reddit etc.

German police from the city of Cologne identified the attacker and issued an international arrest warrant.

Germany’s federal criminal police force (BKA) police said if proved the 29-year-old attacker could get a prison sentence of up to 10 years and will face the charge of computer sabotage.

The department said it would release further information by the ongoing investigations.

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