Five ways to declaw the Meow bot

While the motivation behind the “Meow” bot attacks is unknown, the menace is still out there wiping out open source databases left unsecured on the internet, prompting Elastic to offer clear steps that organizations can take to safeguard their data.

The bot came on the scene about two weeks ago when it was reported that it wiped out more than 1,000 open source databases, mostly on ElasticSearch and MongoDB. The bot clears out a database, only leaving the word “Meow” in the file.

Although Josh Bressers, head of product security at Elastic, did not want to speculate on the nature of the attack, he said it was not the work of a nation state  or a hacktivist nor was it financially motivated.

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