Previously assessed as insignificant, DirtyMoe botnet infected over 100,000 Windows systems

The developers of the DirtyMoe botnet (which was assessed as insignificant) added to it a worm-like spreading module, after which the malware infected more than 100,000 Windows systems. he DirtyMoe botnet, allegedly run from China, has grown exponentially over the past year. If in 2020 it consisted of 10 thousand infected systems, then in the first half of this year it included 100 thousand systems. The DirtyMoe botnet, also known as PurpleFox, Perkiler, and NuggetPhantom, has been known since 2017. Its main purpose was (and still is) infecting Windows systems in order to mine cryptocurrency without awareness of the victims, although in 2018 it also discovered a function for carrying out DDoS attacks. For most of this time, the botnet …

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