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Kinsing Linux Malware Deploys Crypto-Miner in Container Environments
2020-04-06 13:12

A campaign that has been ongoing for months is targeting misconfigured open Docker Daemon API ports to install a piece of malware named Kinsing, which in turn deploys a cryptocurrency miner in compromised container environments.

As part of the attack, hackers abuse misconfigured Docker API ports to run an Ubuntu container hosting Kinsing.

The Kinsing malware in the container executes a cryptocurrency miner and then attempts to further spread, targeting both containers and hosts.

The shell script was designed to disable security measures and clear logs, as well as to remove rival malware and crypto-miners by killing their applications, deleting associated files, and terminating any running rival malicious Docker containers and deleting their images.

The script downloads the Kinsing malware and runs it, achieves persistence via the crontab, and looks for additional commands running in cron to delete them.

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