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QNAP warns users of dangerous new Dovecat malware

Taiwanese storage maker QNAP has warned users of a malware strain that consumes large amounts of CPU and memory to mine cryptocurrency without the owner’s consent. Reports of the Dovecat malware infecting QNAP devices have been circulating for a few months now, but a new one security advisory has only just been released by the manufacturer.

QNAP Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices appear to be at risk of infection if protected by weak user passwords. The Dovecat malware can run on any Linux device, but appears to be specifically designed to infect QNAP NAS devices.