New cryptojacking botnet uses SMB exploit to spread to Windows systems

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A new cryptojacking botnet is spreading across compromised networks via multiple methods that include the EternalBlue exploit for Windows Server Message Block (SMB) communication protocol. The attacker’s goal is to mine for Monero (XMR) cryptocurrency and enslave as many systems as possible for this task for increased profit. Complex campaign Researchers at Cisco Talos named… Read more »

Emotet botnet is now heavily spreading QakBot malware

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Researchers tracking Emotet botnet noticed that the malware started to push QakBot banking trojan at an unusually high rate, replacing the longtime TrickBot payload. Last week, Emotet came back to life after a break of more than five months. Starting yesterday, the malspam operation briefly began installing TrickBot on compromised Windows systems again. Things changed today when researchers… Read more »

A New Emerging IoT Botnet Malware “Dark Nexus” Spotted in the Wild

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Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new emerging IoT botnet threat that leverages compromised smart devices to stage ‘distributed denial-of-service’ attacks, potentially triggered on-demand through platforms offering DDoS-for-hire services. The botnet, named “dark_nexus” by Bitdefender researchers, works by employing credential stuffing attacks against a variety of devices, such as routers (from Dasan Zhone, Dlink, and ASUS),… Read more »