The Botnet Crypto-Mining Conquest

March 11, 2023

The Botnet Crypto-mining Conquest is an issue that will have far-reaching effects on individuals and businesses in the future. That is why it is so essential to take action now in order to avert this catastrophe from occurring. This list offers free resources designed to assist you in combatting this issue.

LemonDuck

About three years ago, cryptomining botnets made headlines due to their exploiting vulnerabilities in Web applications and target servers connected to the internet. This lucrative business is flourishing, with new botnets created daily. A lucrative opportunity exists for attackers looking for quick gains without detection – which makes it even more appealing.

Python scripting language is the basis of crypto-mining botnets due to its ease of creation and execution. Although not the strongest, it has been tested multiple times and found capable of hiding files as well as performing extensive C2 operations – mining hundreds of thousands of ethers per day and even hijacking several cloud services.

The multi-pool architecture of the bot enables it to run in various environments such as Windows, Linux and Docker. It can be deployed on Amazon AWS and Azure clouds as well as private and public clouds. Furthermore, its various distribution methods make it highly attractive.

It is best to wipe the drive and eliminate any credentials associated with the bot. Doing this will enable you to detect additional malware infections sooner.

Sysrv

Malicious actors have the capability to infect Linux devices with Sysrv, creating a botnet that could be used for mining crypto-mined coins. This malware specifically targets Monero cryptocurrency mining operations and also has the ability to infect web apps and servers.

The malware starts with a script file that executes multiple modules of exploits. This enables it to spread across various systems such as Linux and Windows, using existing vulnerabilities as well.

This botnet uses SSH to infect remote computers. If a system becomes infected, malicious actors can obtain its victim’s SSH keys – an essential requirement of modern Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms. SSH has become widely popular as an efficient method for secure network communication.

Sysrv was initially discovered in December 2020. Since then, the malware has been updated with additional exploits and sometimes includes brand-new features.

Sysrv was coded using Go programming languages, which are popular for their cross-platform capabilities. Many malware authors utilize them, suggesting that its creators likely studied other botnets before creating theirs. Botnet developers regularly update and add exploits to the code base as well.

Muhstik

Muhstik is an advanced worm that has been wreaking havoc on the Internet of Things. This malware differs from others in that it utilizes multiple system binaries for its operations and can replicate itself to other connected devices as well as identify new targets – making it a major factor behind the rise of infected devices.

The worm’s ability to locate new targets and launch DDoS attacks against them is its most remarkable feature. To carry out its malicious mission, it can use multiple wallets connected to different mining pools. Furthermore, it uses an ingenious technique called a Pod to spread itself among various interconnected devices.

Making a living requires more than one device, so security is of the utmost importance. Look for security products with tamper-proof settings so you can lock it out and prevent the device from running automatically. As you can see, having more computing power makes for greater productivity.

Be mindful of the chaos. Steer clear of botnet tactics like bait-and-switch, as well as malware. This includes avoiding outdated platforms and using secure configurations on all devices.

Ammar Fakhruddin

ABOUT AUTHOR

Ammar brings in 18 years of experience in strategic solutions and product development in Public Sector, Oil & Gas and Healthcare organizations. He loves solving complex real world business and data problems by bringing in leading-edge solutions that are cost effective, improve customer and employee experience. At Propelex he focuses on helping businesses achieve digital excellence using Smart Data & Cybersecurity solutions.


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