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Cybersecurity researchers have unpacked a nascent Golang-based botnet called Kraken that’s under active development and features an array of backdoor capabilities to siphon sensitive information from compromised Windows hosts.

“Kraken already features the ability to download and execute secondary payloads, run shell commands, and take screenshots of the victim’s system,” threat intelligence firm ZeroFox said in a report published Wednesday.

Discovered first in October 2021, early variants of Kraken have been found to be based on source code uploaded to GitHub, although it’s unclear if the repository in question belongs to the malware’s operators or if they simply chose to start their development using the code as a foundation.

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