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IndustryInformation Technology
HeadquartersLatvia: Riga
Key people
John Tully (CEO)
Arnis Riekstiņš (CTO)
Productsrouters, firewalls, software (RouterOS)
Number of employees
280 (2019)[1]

MikroTik (officially SIA "Mikrotīkls") is a Latvian network equipment manufacturer. The company develops and sells wired and wireless network routers, network switches, access points, as well as operating systems and auxiliary software. The company was founded in 1996 with the focus of selling equipment in emerging markets. As of August 2019, the company website reported an estimated 280 employees. In 2021, with a value of EUR 1.24B, Mikrotik was the 3rd largest company in Latvia and the first private company to surpass EUR 1B value in Latvia.[2]

Two MikroTik branded routers.
Roof-top LTE antenna.


MikroTik was founded in 1996 in Riga, Latvia as a PC software company. In 2002, MikroTik began producing their own hardware.[3][additional citation(s) needed] On 23 May 2018, the Cisco Talos Intelligence Group reported that some MikroTik devices were found to be vulnerable to the VPNFilter malware.[4][5][6] On 3 August 2018, MikroTik routers were found to have been compromised by the Coinhive cryptocurrency malware.[7]


Beginning in June 2021, a botnet composed of unprotected Mikrotik devices created huge volumes of application-layer traffic using http pipelining, resulting in DDOS. The net was named Mēris (or Meris) by Qrator. Yandex reported attacks beginning August 4 2021 (over 5 million requests per second) with a massive attack on September 5, 2021 reaching almost 22 million RPS (requests per second). Cloudflare acknowledged an attack at over 17 million RPS in July 2021. The botnet appeared to be composed of 250,000 devices.[8][9]


  1. ^ MikroTik - About us, MikroTik
  2. ^ "«Mikrotīkls» kā pirmais privātuzņēmums Latvijā pārsniedzis miljarda eiro vērtību". LSM.lv.
  3. ^ "MikroTik - About us". MikroTik.
  4. ^ "New VPNFilter malware targets at least 500K networking devices worldwide". Talos Threat Source Newsletter. 2018-05-23.
  5. ^ Lucero II, Louis (2018-05-27). "F.B.I.'s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Godin, Dan (2018-05-23). "Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  7. ^ Nichols, Shaun (2018-08-03). "MikroTik routers grab their pickaxes, descend into the crypto mines". The Register. The Register. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  8. ^ "Mēris botnet, climbing to the record". blog.qrator.net. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  9. ^ "KrebsOnSecurity Hit By Huge New IoT Botnet "Meris" – Krebs on Security". krebsonsecurity.com. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.

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