Hoaxcalls Botnet

Posted: April 23, 2020

Hoaxcalls Botnet Description

The Hoaxcalls Botnet is a botnet project that has been followed by malware researchers for the past couple of months closely. The latest attack vector that the authors of this botnet use appear to be related to the ZyXEL Cloud CNM SecuManager – the exploit, first reported last month, would allow a nefarious attacker to open a remote shell on the compromised host. The crooks behind the Hoaxcalls Botnet appear to be one of the first groups to make use of the recent exploit, and this has resulted in a rapid increase in the size of the botnet.

While the Hoaxcalls Botnet has not been used for large-scale attacks yet, malware researchers have determined that this botnet is being built for Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks – its modules support DNS, HEX, and UDP floods that could be used to disrupt the performance of networks and systems worldwide.

Just like other botnets made in the past few years, the Hoaxcalls Botnet also focuses on infecting Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. The latest attack against routers manufactured by ZyXEL shows just one of the many exploits that the hackers are relying on to expand their network of infected systems – in the past, they also have gone after routers, DVRs, and other smart devices produced by various vendors.

Unfortunately, the ZyXEL vulnerability that the Hoaxcalls Botnet is abusing currently has not been addressed yet. However, it is certainly a matter of time for the vendor to release a firmware patch that will remove the vulnerability – we advise our readers to update the firmware of their Internet-connected devices regularly, as well as always use strong login credentials.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Hoaxcalls Botnet may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

Download SpyHunter's Malware Scanner

Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.

Home Malware Programs Botnets Hoaxcalls Botnet

Leave a Reply

Please note that we are not able to assist with billing and support issues regarding SpyHunter or other products. If you're having issues with SpyHunter, please get in touch with SpyHunter customer support through your SpyHunter. If you have SpyHunter billing questions, we recommend you check the Billing FAQ. For general suggestions or feedback, contact us.