Moobot is a relatively small botnet project that first surfaced in March 2020. Initially, the Moobot botnet project was suspected of targeting DVR devices exclusively, but it seems that its authors have opted to expand its reach by taking advantage of a 0-day exploit that targets several fiber routers. The exploit is not new exactly, but it is yet to be addressed by the vendors of these products – users who do not have a secure router configuration may end up having their devices infected by Moobot's payload. It is paramount to mention that the authors of the Moobot botnet are not the ones responsible for the discovery of this vulnerability – instead, they are using a public Proof-of-Concept (PoC) exploit that is available online. If the hackers manage to find a vulnerable router, they may get the ability to deploy Moobot's payload, and then execute remote shell commands on the compromised device.
While Moobot is small in size relatively, it appears to be expanding rapidly since its authors are scanning the Web for accessible DVRIP, HTTP, TELNET and ADB ports continuously. The attack is fully automated, and Moobot's script is capable of deploying the payload if it detects a vulnerable configuration.
Moobot Weaponizes Fiber Routers for DDoS Attacks
Although Moobot is yet to be weaponized, it is likely that the authors are planning to use the newly built botnet for Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks since it seems to support a broad range of DDoS attack techniques. Another reason to believe that this is Moobot's purpose is because it is based on the infamous Mirai Botnet project.
Hackers are looking for new techniques to exploit vulnerabilities in any Internet-connected device, and this is why users should not underestimate the importance of applying the latest firmware updates and security patches to all computers and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices.
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