Cybersecurity experts have issued a warning about the latest version of the Prometei botnet, which has been found to infect systems with a new strain of malware.
The Prometei botnet is a network of compromised devices that are controlled remotely by cybercriminals to perform malicious activities such as stealing sensitive information, launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and mining cryptocurrencies.
According to reports, the new version of the botnet uses a sophisticated technique to infect systems. It first sends out a phishing email with a malicious attachment, which when opened, installs the botnet malware on the victim’s device. The malware is designed to remain undetected by antivirus software and is able to execute a range of commands issued by the botnet’s operators.
Once the botnet has infected a device, it can be used to launch various attacks on other devices on the same network or to communicate with other infected devices to form a larger network of compromised devices.
Experts are advising users to be cautious when opening email attachments and to keep their antivirus software up to date to protect against such threats. They also recommend using a strong password and enabling two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access to devices and accounts.
The Prometei botnet is just one of many examples of the increasing threat posed by cybercriminals. It is important for individuals and organizations to take proactive steps to protect themselves against these types of attacks, including implementing security best practices and keeping up to date with the latest threat intelligence.