Internet Of Things Botnet Maps IPv4

June 25, 2014

A researcher used 420,000 compromised Internet of Things devices to capture some interesting data about the IPv4 addressable Internet space.

In a paper, an unnamed researcher described how a project to NMAP to find unprotected devices online, i.e. the Internet of Things, provided a unique window on the virtual world. By compromising each vulnerable host device, the researcher then enlisting that device to scan for other unprotected hosts. With about 100,000 compromised devices (the "Carna Botnet") the researcher claims to have scanned the entire IPv4 addressable space, many times. The project ran from between March and December, 2012 and collected 9 Terabytes of data.

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