AVrecon malware infects 70,000 Linux routers to build botnet


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May 4, 2019
Since at least May 2021, stealthy Linux malware called AVrecon was used to infect over 70,000 Linux-based small office/home office (SOHO) routers to a botnet designed to steal bandwidth and provide a hidden residential proxy service.
This allows its operators to hide a wide spectrum of malicious activities, from digital advertising fraud to password spraying.
According to Lumen's Black Lotus Labs threat research team, while the AVrecon remote access trojan (RAT) compromised over 70,000 devices, only 40,000 were added to the botnet after gaining persistence.

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