A coin bearing the bitcoin logo partially buried in sand.

Just in time for IoT Day, the Mirai botnet is launching attacks with a new trick up its sleeve. In February, the Mirai malware began leveraging a Windows Trojan to widen its distribution. On the heels of our paper “Weaponizing the Internet of Things,” published last week, IBM X-Force recently uncovered a new variant of the ELF Linux/Mirai malware that has a new twist: a built-in bitcoin mining component.