Shellbot Variant Used in New Botnet, Spreads Using IoT and Linux Vulnerabilities

A new botnet controlled via IRC and using a Shellbot variant has been propagating using vulnerabilities in Internet of things (IoT) devices, Linux servers, Android devices, and Windows machines according to Trend Micro's research.

As discovered by the Trend Micro Cyber Safety Solutions Team, the botnet has been created by a Romanian threat group named Outlaw and is using the servers of a Bangladeshi government website and a Japanese art institution as command-and-control (C&C) servers, among many others.

The threat actors use an IRC bouncer running on the botnet C&C servers to control the botnet by issuing commands to the bots in an IRC channel.

Trend Micro also discovered that althou... (read more)

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