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ESET researchers have uncovered Linux-based malware dubbed Linux/Moose targeting consumer routers. Once infected, the compromised devices are used to steal unencrypted network traffic and offer proxying services for the botnet operator.

“Considering the rudimentary techniques of Moose employed to gain access to other devices, it seems unfortunate that the security of embedded devices doesn’t seem to be taken more seriously by vendors. We hope that our efforts will help to better understand how the malicious actors are targeting their devices,” says Olivier Bilodeau, Malware Researcher at ESET.

Read more on this phenomenon in an in-depth security research paper titled ‘Dissecting Linux/Moose’, get a quick sneak peak in Linux/Moose in a blogpost on or read an opinion piece by Graham Cluley: Labaca Castro
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