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5 Companies That Had A Rough Week

For the week ending Dec. 15, CRN looks at IT companies that were unfortunate, unsuccessful or just didn't make good decisions.

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Three Men Plead Guilty To Charges Surrounding The Mirai IoT Botnet Attack

Three individuals have plead guilty to charges they created and operated "botnets" of some 300,000 Internet of Things devices infected with malicious code that were used in the Mirai distributed denial of service attacks last year. One of the defendants also plead guilty to launching a cyberattack against the Rutgers University computer network.

The Mirai attack against domain server service provider DynDNS in October 2016 caused outages to a large number of websites and web applications.

The individuals: Paras Jha, Josiah White and Dalton Norman, plead guilty on Dec. 8 to changes of conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, the U.S. Justice Department said this week. On Dec. 13 Jha plead guilty to a similar charge related to the Rutgers attack.

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