The Parrot traffic direction system (TDS) that came to light earlier this year has had a larger impact than previously thought, according to new research.
Sucuri, which has been tracking the same campaign since February 2019 under the name “NDSW/NDSX,” said that “the malware was one of the top infections” detected in 2021, accounting for more than 61,000 websites.
Parrot TDS was documented in April 2022 by Czech cybersecurity company Avast, noting that the PHP script had ensnared web servers hosting more than 16,500 websites to act as a gateway for further attack campaigns.
|Typical obfuscated PHP malware found in NDSW campaign|
“The NDSW malware campaign is extremely successful because it uses a versatile exploitation toolkit that constantly adds new disclosed and 0-day vulnerabilities,” Sinegubko explained.
“Once the bad actor has gained unauthorized access to the environment, they add various backdoors and CMS admin users to maintain access to the compromised website long after the original vulnerability is closed.”