Researchers discovered a new Internet Relay Chat (IRC) bot Tuesday that exploited three vulnerabilities to launch distributed denial of service attacks, cryptomining and other security lapses on Linux systems.
Dubbed “FreakOut” by CheckPoint researchers, stemming from the name Freak, the code author’s name, the bot activated in November 2020 and has been running ever since with 300 current users and five channels. One active channel called #update includes 186 exploited devices that communicate with the IRC server.
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