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This Malware Turned Thousands of Hacked Windows and macOS PCs into Proxy Servers

August 21, 2023


Threat actors are leveraging access to malware-infected Windows and macOS machines to deliver a proxy server application and use them as exit nodes to reroute proxy requests.

According to AT&T Alien Labs, the unnamed company that offers the proxy service operates more than 400,000 proxy exit nodes, although it’s not immediately clear how many of them were co-opted by malware installed on infected machines without user knowledge and interaction.

“Although the proxy website claims that its exit nodes come only from users who have been informed and agreed to the use of their device,” the cybersecurity company said it found evidence where “malware writers are installing the proxy silently in infected systems.”

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