Cybercriminals Hijacking Vulnerable SSH Servers in New Proxyjacking Campaign


An active financially motivated campaign is targeting vulnerable SSH servers to covertly ensnare them into a proxy network.

“This is an active campaign in which the attacker leverages SSH for remote access, running malicious scripts that stealthily enlist victim servers into a peer-to-peer (P2P) proxy network, such as Peer2Profit or Honeygain,” Akamai researcher Allen West said in a Thursday report.

Unlike cryptojacking, in which a compromised system’s resources are used to illicitly mine cryptocurrency, proxyjacking offers the ability for threat actors to leverage the victim’s unused bandwidth to covertly run different services as a P2P node.

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