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.