Attackers Use IPFS to Host Widely Distributed, Impenetrable Malware


The InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), which is regarded as one of the foundational elements of web3, is increasingly used to provide covert, malware-proof hosting.

Researchers at Cisco Talos claim that “multiple malware families are currently being hosted within IPFS and retrieved during the initial stages of malware attacks.” In the distributed file system known as IPFS, content is used to facilitate access rather than physical location. The URL of the target file is a hash of its content, not the address of the server. The system accepts files, which are then automatically copied to numerous nodes. Since the file is retrieved using the content hash rather than the IP address, the user is unaware of the physical location of the nodes.

IPFS gateways uphold the connection between the node and hash; this is done for the sole purpose of establishing and preserving reliable, decentralized, and unrestricted access to internet content.

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