Torii is the codename for a new strain or botnet that has been discovered by Avast’s threat labs team. According to the team, this is a very sophisticated threat that is targeting poorly secure Internet of Things devices, so there is a chance that your device is affected and that you do not know about it.
The Torii botnet has yet to be used for a DDoS attack or crypto jacking but according to reports, it can steal your personal information from IoT devices that are not secure enough. What is worrying is that the malware is capable of fetching and executing commands multiple types on the infected device and there is a chance that this can be used as a platform for something bigger.
If this is indeed used for crypto jacking then this means that the processing power of your device will be leeched on and it is more than likely that you will never find out about it but you might notice that the device is not functioning properly, as in there could be a loss in performance or an occasional sluggishness.
On the other end, whoever is responsible will be using all this processing power to mine cryptocurrency using your devices. While a single IoT device might not be able to provide much power, these devices are connected to one another and talk to one another as well, so this Torri botnet could be seen as a contagious infection of sorts and it will spread to other devices.
Thousands if not millions of devices are at risk here and imagine the processing power that all these devices combined could be able to deliver. That would be plenty of processing power to make hundreds if not thousands of dollars. All this money could be made off of the devices that you have paid for and the scary thing here is that you might never know about it.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Avast will be able to prevent this from happening. But knowing that this threat is out there is part of winning the battle. Now that we know that the Torii botnet is out there, we can expect that someone will be able to find a solution to this problem.