PyCryptoMiner Quietly Reaps Monero for Author from Thousands of Computers  

Last Wednesday, researchers from F5 Networks discovered a new botnet named PyCryptoMiner which targets vulnerable Linux machines and makes them mine the cryptocurrency Monero.

The Python-based botnet is spreading silently over the SSH protocol and is executed as a legitimate binary that comes with most Linux and Windows distributions.

The botnet then deploys a script which connects to a command-and-control (C&C) server where it receives additional commands or downloads. The botnet author also published alternative C&C addresses on Pastebin since these cannot be taken down easily and can just be updated when needed.

Source: ZDNet

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