PALO ALTO NETWORKS has come at us with a report of what it claims is a cross-platform malware family written in Python that can attack Windows and be ported to Linux and OS X.
The security firm explained in a blog post that the threat spends most of its time bothering Windows, most notably in Poland, but is making geographical and operating system switches.
“We have discovered a malware family named ‘PWOBot’ that is fairly unique because it is written entirely in Python and compiled via PyInstaller to generate a Microsoft Windows executable,” said Palo Alto threat intelligence analyst Josh Grunzweig.
There are at least 12 variants of PWOBot, according to the post, which have been floating around for a few years, but the new cross-platform nature should get people sitting up.
PWOBot will first uninstall any previous versions of the malware, then install new versions with malevolent intentions.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht