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how to stop malware running on my droplet which is utilising all the cpu.

Posted October 15, 2018 848 views
ApacheNetworkingFirewallUbuntu 16.04

I have a droplet running ubuntu 16.04 with apache and mysql. I have hosted a wordpress website on this server which was running fine. But week ago mysql was stopped working automatically. which when I later examine and found that a process running on my droplet using all the cpu.
This process is cache.sh which is using 98% of cpu, because of which apache and mysql stopped working.
When i kill the process it starts again. I can’t find any solution to kill this process permanently or secure my site from such attacks.
It looks like it is a crypto mining malware which is using all resources to mine crypto currency.
How should I stop and block this process.
Please help.

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Hi,

Your server has been compromised. Based on the info you’ve provided so far, it’s unclear whether this is user or root level breach. I recommend using a safe backup and restore it to a new droplet. You can go in and work on cleaning the server from malware but that effort could be moot if the attacker has firm control over the server.

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