This mysterious malware could threaten millions of routers and IoT devices

A new form of Internet of Things malware, which uses over 30 different exploits, has been spotted by security researchers.

Detailed by cybersecurity researchers at AT&T Alien Labs, BotenaGo malware can use a number of methods to attack targets then create a backdoor on compromised devices. “Deployed with more than 30 exploits, it has the potential of targeting millions of routers and IoT devices,” said the researchers.

Some anti-virus suites detect the malware as a variant of Mirai, the IoT malware botnet which overwhelmed large sections of the internet with DDoS attacks in 2016. While the payload does initially look similar, it’s actually also significantly different because it’s written in the Go programming language. 

Go has been gaining popularity among developers in recent years – and it’s also becoming increasingly popular with malware authors. 

BotenaGo scans the internet looking for vulnerable targets, and analysis of the code reveals that the attacker is presented with a live global infection counter which tells them how many devices are compromised at any given time. 

The attackers are able to exploit the vulnerabilities in the internet-facing devices and can execute remote shell commands — and it’s something which attackers could potentially use as a gateway to the wider

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