UK Man Guilty in German Mirai Attacks

Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 04:07 PM gHale


A UK man pleaded guilty in a German court to launching a cyberattack that resulted in more than one million customers of telecommunications provider Deutsche Telekom suffering Internet failures.

Daniel Kaye, 29, who the German media identified as “Peter Parker” and “Spiderman,” online monikers linked to domains used to coordinate some attacks powered by the Mirai malware.

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A blog post published earlier this month by security blogger Brian Krebs said the suspect is a British man named Daniel Kaye and the hacker known online as “BestBuy.” He has also been tied to the nickname “Popopret,” but it’s unclear if it’s the same person or a partner of BestBuy.

Krebs found links between Kaye, a massive Mirai botnet that enslaved a large number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and a piece of malware named GovRAT.

Reports of Kaye’s arrest appeared in February when German police said a man suspected of carrying out the November 2016 attack on Deutsche Telekom had been arrested by the U.K. National Crime Agency (NCA) at a London airport based on a warrant issued by authorities in Germany.

Kaye pleaded guilty Friday in the Regional Court of Cologne, saying he regretted his actions. He said his main motive was money.

The hacker told the court that Deutsche Telekom was not the main target of his attack. Instead, he used the Mirai malware to hijack routers – including ones belonging to Deutsche Telekom customers – and other types of devices, which he abused to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. He did say a telecommunications firm in Liberia paid him $10,000 to attack a competitor.

At the time of his arrest, German authorities said the suspect faced between 6 months and 10 years in prison. He faces sentencing July 28.



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