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Mirai is a self-propagating botnet malware created by Paras Jha and his friends Josiah White and Dalton Norman. Their operation was aimed almost exclusively at Minecraft servers and other gaming services. Yet, due to its massive firepower, it managed to take down parts of core network infrastructures during its attacks, wreaking mayhem around the globe. It wasn’t the first malware targeting IoT devices and connecting them to a malicious botnet. It was, however, the first to do it in a highly efficient way, causing high-profile incidents and even sparking fear of nation-state cyber assault. Read this whitepaper to understand how Mirai works and its legacy of destruction.