PyCryptoMiner ropes Linux machines into Monero-mining botnet

A Linux-based botnet that has been flying under the radar has earned its master at least 158 Monero (currently valued around $63,000).

The botnet is based on a crypto-miner written in the Python scripting language, a fact that serves to keep its existence on the down-low.

“Unlike a binary malware alternative, a scripting language-based malware is more evasive by nature as it can be easily obfuscated. It is also executed by a legitimate binary, which could be one of the PERL/Python/Bash/Go/PowerShell interpreters shipped with almost every Linux/Windows distribution,” F5 researchers explained.

Read more about the miner bot, which the researchers have dubbed PyCryptoMiner on Help Net Security.

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