An unsophisticated Linux-based botnet dubbed DemonBot is targeting exposed cloud servers using a vulnerability in Hadoop’s resource management tool to infect cloud servers with the botnet malware.

Radware researchers are monitoring the malware which spreads via central servers and targets Hadoop clusters with the intention of performing DDoS attacks powered by the cloud’s infrastructure servers, according to an Oct. 25 blog post.

Radware researchers referred to the malware as DemonBot and said it leverages Hadoop YARN, Yet Another Resource Negotiator, unauthenticated remote command execution in order to infect Hadoop clusters.

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