Back-to-Back Campaigns: Neko, Mirai, and Bashlite Malware Variants Use Various Exploits to Target Several Routers, Devices

Within a span of three weeks, our telemetry uncovered three notable malware variants of Neko, Mirai, and Bashlite. On July 22, 2019, we saw and started analyzing a Neko botnet sample, then observed another sample with additional exploits the following week.  A Mirai variant that calls itself “Asher” surfaced on July 30, then a Bashlite variant called “Ayedz” the following week. These malware variants enlist infected routers to botnets that are capable of launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

On July 22, our honeypots detected a botnet sample, x86.neko (detected by Trend Micro as Backdoor.Linux.NEKO.AB), that brute-forces weak credentials. It then issues the following commands:

Our research indicates that this botnet has versions for various processor architectures.

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Source: Trend Micro