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A newly discovered evasive malware leverages the Secure Shell (SSH) cryptographic protocol to gain entry into targeted systems with the goal of mining cryptocurrency and carrying out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Dubbed KmsdBot by the Akamai Security Intelligence Response Team (SIRT), the Golang-based malware has been found targeting a variety of companies ranging from gaming to luxury car brands to security firms.

"The botnet infects systems via an SSH connection that uses weak login credentials," Akamai researcher Larry W. Cashdollar said. "The malware does not stay persistent on the infected system as a way of evading detection."

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