According to this article from The Register, a university network was recently brought down by what was essentially a DDoS attack from various connected devices on the network campus (specifically vending machines and the like):

A US university saw its network traffic slow to a crawl thanks to an IoT malware infection that hit, among other things, its vending machines.

The story, as told by an also unnamed senior IT staffer, goes like this: the university's network had been slowing to a crawl, prompting complaints from students. Upon investigating, the IT staff found that the school's DNS servers were buckling under heavy traffic loads.

Much of the lookup traffic (requesting seafood-related subdomains, oddly) was suspected to be from a botnet. After some investigation, the staff found that over 5,000 IoT (Internet of Things) devices around the campus – including vending machines – had been infected with malware through guessed default passwords and were being controlled remotely.

The article doesn't mention what type of malware infected the devices, although it sounds like it works quite similarly to Mirai.

Is there any evidence that shows what virus infected that university's network? Was it a known virus or does it seem like a more targeted attack?

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    Like you, I can find no information on the actual virus used. However, there is a first person account from the Verizon engineer who was called in to deal with it here
    – Mawg
    Feb 15, 2017 at 8:13

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I have heard of a virus Called ShaShimi that did exactly this, but that was 20 years ago. I do not know if that is still around, or if the virus you are describing is this one.

  • Interesting... I couldn't find any reference to it when I searched; do you happen to know any more about it? If you do, that might help me when I'm Googling for more info about it. Thanks.
    – Aurora0001
    Apr 11, 2017 at 9:30
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    Not really, I think it was a problem in Tokyo, but aside from reading about it in a library 14 years ago, I have not been able to find a reference to it either. Apr 11, 2017 at 9:33

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