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New Mozi Malware Family Found
April 15, 2020
CenturyLink's Black Lotus Labs Investigates New DDoS Threat

MONROE, La., April 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has long served as a breeding ground for malware distribution. The inability for users to patch many IoT devices has only compounded this problem, as bad actors continue to evolve tactics to leverage botnets for DDoS attacks and other malicious behavior.

After some researchers mistakenly attributed a notable traffic increase in December 2019 to other malware families, CenturyLink's Black Lotus Labs reviewed the data – revealing a different story. This traffic was not simply increased activity by a known family, but a new family altogether.

The Mozi malware family is evolved from the source code of several known malware families – Gafgyt, Mirai and IoT Reaper – that have been brought together to form a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet capable of DDoS attacks, data exfiltration and command or payload execution. Mozi attacks IoT devices – predominantly routers and DVRs that are either unpatched or have weak telnet passwords. With Mozi now identified, cybersecurity solutions can detect and mitigate these attacks more effectively.

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About CenturyLink
CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience. Learn more at

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