High CPU and High Bandwidth caused by unknown Process

Posted November 6, 2018 4.3k views


  • This is unfortunately the second time this has happend to me and I am cluelesss on why this has happened.

  • I have a droplet which is running at 100% CPU and is consuming loads of Bandwidth, so my billing is going through the roof… I can see from the digital ocean Graphs that its caused by some strange process with some letters e.g. bctouovovf.

  • I have restarted the Droplet

  • Have run Clamv, rkhunter

  • Habe ufw enabled and still..

Is there someone who can help to find out what this is?

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i guess you can install htop (like task manager) and check what proccess is using resources and kill it.
if you are on debian/ubuntu command is

apt install htop

Hey friend!

At the “top” screen press C and watch that name change. I’ll bet the filename of the process looks like someone just smashed their keyboard to name it. I would submit the probability that your server has been compromised, and that this task is masking it’s true nature. The C button will unmask it a bit, typically.

It’s running as root too, so you can’t really save this machine and know you’re safe. You should prepare your backups to create a new droplet, and use this one to investigate how it was compromised. If you find the filename of the running application, you can use the “stat” command to grab some vitals, like this:

stat /path/to/file

The time/date in which it was created will often correlate to a log entry for a running service on the system, allowing you to track it’s origin. I know that’s a bit vague, but that’s because there is no one path to this, it’s very dynamic.


  • I guess your right. I took my latest backup made it into a new droplet. Making sure that I restrict logins with SSH key, and have rkhunter, clammv installed, and have the ufw enabled and only with the ports I need. Thanks anyhow … such a thing sucks big time… glad i set the notifications before I get charged even more from such a malicious malware.