An adware and coin-miner botnet targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan at least since 2012 has now set its sights on Linux servers to fly under the radar.
According to a new analysis published by Intezer today and shared with The Hacker News, the trojan masquerades as HTTPd, a commonly used program on Linux servers, and is a new version of the malware belonging to a threat actor tracked as Stantinko.
Back in 2017, ESET researchers detailed a massive adware botnet that works by tricking users looking for pirated software into downloading malicious executables disguised as torrents to install rogue browser extensions that perform ad injection and click fraud.
The covert campaign, which controls a vast army of half a million bots, has since received a substantial upgrade in the form of a crypto-mining module with an aim to profit from computers under their control.
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