McAfee in its latest report has said that by the end of Q4 last year two and a half million Internet of Things (IoT) devices were infected by Mirai botnet. According to the McAfee Labs Threats Report April 2017, the company has estimated that each minute five IoT device IP addresses were infected by Mirai botnet.
Mirai malware can turn networked devices running on replaced versions of Linux into remotely controlled “bots”. These bots then can be used for attacking large-scale networks.
According to the company statistics, In 2016, the overall count of new malware samples went on to grew 24% to 638 million samples. Last year, the total mobile malware grew 99 percent and the total ransomware samples grew 88 percent, despite seeing a drop of 71% in fourth quarter. The report showed that adware bundling was the main reason behind the rise in the number of new Mac OS malware up to 245% in Q4.
In the report, Vincent Weafer, Vice President, McAfee Labs stated, “We need a better way to share threat intelligence between our own products and with other vendors.”