A new cryptocurrency-mining botnet attack called Prometei bypasses detection systems and monetizes its campaigns in less intrusive ways.

It is the first time that anyone’s documented a multi-modular botnet, according to Talos, which discovered the botnet and dubbed it “Prometei.” The botnet, which has been active since March, spreads a payload to provide financial benefits for the attackers by mining Monero for a single developer – also the actor – most likely in Eastern Europe.

Talos in a new report said defenders are likely to spot the botnet, but the infection likely won’t be obvious to end-users. The discovery resulted from Talos investigating telemetry information it received from Cisco AMP for Endpoints’ install base.

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