Github on Thursday issued an alert regarding a new malware strain that has spread on their site via dummy projects.

The malware has been named Octopus Scanner by Github’s security team.  This malware was found in projects being managed using Apache Netbeans IDE.

About 26 repositories uploaded on Github contained the malware said the security team who received a tip from a security researcher in recent time.

The main objective of the malware is to install a RAT(Remote Access Trojan) on the system allowing the malware operator to look for sensitive information. Corporations can be target.

Visit for more information: https://securitylab.github.com/research/octopus-scanner-malware-open-source-supply-chain

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