Mirai Malware Hacker Pleads Guilty in German Court

British ‘Spiderman’ May Also Be GovRAT Cyber Espionage Malware Author

A British man named by authorities as “Daniel K.” – aka “Spiderman” and “Peter Parker” – pleaded guilty in German court to infecting 1.25 million Deutsche Telekom routers with Mirai malware and causing more than $2 million in damage.

A British man named by authorities as “Daniel K.” pleaded guilty in German court on Friday to infecting 1.25 million German routers with Mirai malware and causing €2 million ($2.33 million) in damage.

The 29-year-old suspect was arrested on February 22 at a London-area airport by Britain’s National Crime Agency at the request of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany, aka the Bundeskriminalamt or BKA (see British Cops Bust Suspected German ISP Mirai Botnet Hacker). One month later, he was transferred to Germany.

Appearing Friday at a court in Cologne, Daniel K. pleaded guilty to launching attacks designed to infect devices with Mirai malware for the purpose of selling distributed denial-of-service attacks – aka stresser/booter services – to others, German newspaper Augsburge Allgemeinereports.

“The aim of the attack wave was to take over the routers and integrate them into a botnet operated by the accused,” the BKA said. “Access to the botnet was allegedly offered by the accused via the darknet for multiple attack scenarios, such as so-called DDoS attacks.”

The suspect, who admitted to using the online names “Peter Parker” and “Spiderman,” said he offered DDoS attacks on demand, according to news reports. For example, he reportedly claimed in court that a telecommunications provider in the West African country of Liberia had paid him $10,000 to wage a DDoS attack against one of its competitors.

At the time of his arrest, the BKA said the suspect faced between 6 months and 10 years in prison. He’s due to be sentenced later this month.

The BKA says its investigation involved close cooperation between German, British and Cypriot law enforcement agencies, backed by the EU’s law enforcement intelligence agency, Europol, as well as Eurojust, which is the EU agency devoted to judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

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