For eight years, the Cereals botnet existed for only one purpose: it downloaded anime

The Cereals IoT botnet appeared in 2012, and reached its peak in 2015, when there were about 10,000 infected devices. All these eight years, the Cereals botnet only downloaded anime for its creator. ll this time, Cereals exploited only one vulnerability and attacked D-Link’s NAS and NVR, combining them into a botnet. For many years, the botnet has eluded the attention of information security professionals, and now it has almost ceased to exist. “The fact is that the vulnerable D-Link devices on which Cereals parasitized began to become obsolete and out of order, that is, they are becoming smaller and smaller. In addition, the ransomware Cr1ptT0r accelerated the decay of the botnet, which destroyed the competing malware on infected devices …

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