Researchers 'Accidentally' Crash KmsdBot Cryptocurrency Mining Botnet Network


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Specifically, an instruction issued without a space between the target website and the port caused the entire Go binary running on the infected machine to crash and stop interacting with its command-and-control server, effectively killing the botnet. The botnet strikes both Windows and Linux devices spanning a wide range of microarchitectures with the primary goal of deploying mining software and corralling the compromised hosts into a DDoS bot. This, in turn, was made possible due to the lack of an error-checking mechanism built into the source code to validate the received commands.

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