Security researchers have found a new malware strain that hijacks vulnerable Windows devices to mine cryptocurrency and stage devastating DDoS attacks , leading the researchers to prompt PC users and server administrators to ensure that they are being protected by the best antivirus software. The malware, called "Lucifer" by its discoverers at cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 , "brute forces" its way into Windows machines by trying out common usernames and passwords on widely used system ports. The malware primarily targets enterprise servers, especially since those servers can provide entry into corporate networks, but can also infect personal computers. Unit 42 came across the malware after investigating the CVE exploit, a vulnerability in the open-source web-application-development Laravel Framework that enables perpetrators to conduct remote-code-execution attacks. Lucifer's own creators call the malware "Satan DDoS," but Unit 42 thought that might cause confusion as there's already "Satan" ransomware. The attacker then resumed their campaign on June 11, , spreading an upgraded version of the malware and wreaking havoc. National Security Agency some years ago. In this case, the targets are Windows hosts on both the internet and intranet, given that the attacker is leveraging certutil utility in the payload for malware propagation.
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