Mirai is a malware botnet based on the Linux platform. It compromises Internet of Things (IOT) devices in order to conduct large-scale distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. First identified in August 2016, Mirai has been leveraged in some of the most prolific DDOS attacks in the world. Two notable examples include the assault on Brian Krebs’ website and the Dyn attack on DNS servers
, affecting millions of endpoints.