Tagged: cryptojacking

Kaspersky Lab: Botnets Being “Reprofiled” to Deploy CryptoJacking Malware

Increased competition in the “DDos-attack-for-sale” market and sometimes attractive cryptocurrency prices are inclining botnet commanders to switch their priorities towards the dissemination of crypto mining malware, cybersecurity researchers at Kaspersky Lab (KL) claim. In a DDos attack, an infected network of computers called a botnet sends… Read More

Canadian University Network Shut Down for Four Days to Fend Off “CryptoJacking” Attack

St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada had to shut down its entire network for four days last week to fend off a crypto-mining malware attack, Global News reports. Campus email, Wi-Fi, debit transactions, online course selection, cloud storage, and drives on the… Read More

FBI Investigating “Call of Duty” Players Suspected of Stealing $3.3 Million in Cryptocurrency

A man in Bloomington, Indiana claims he was coerced into cooperating with a group of “Call of Duty” players that “cryptojacked” (stole) $3.3 million dollars of cryptocurrency from various victims, Chicago Sun Times reports. Though no charges have yet been laid, unsealed court documents show… Read More

Crypto Mining Malware Found on Hundreds of Indian Government Computers, IoT is Next

Security researchers in India have found malware that secretly mines cryptocurrencies on hundreds of local government computers, Economic Times reports. Sites for the Municipal Administration in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati Municipal Corporation and Macherla municipality are among those affected. “CryptoJacking” attacks inject cryptocurrency mining malware (malevolent… Read More

Crypto Mining Malware Attacks Escalating, UK Poll Finds

IT directors at 750 companies with 250 or more employees in the UK are reporting a steady increase in attempted “crypto-jacking” attacks on enterprise computer systems, with 30% of all companies reporting attacks in May, the month the survey was conducted. The findings were determined… Read More

Police to Lay Charges in Japan’s First “CryptoJacking” Case

Police in Japan have charged three individuals with infecting the computers of unsuspecting individuals with malware that mines the privacy cryptocurrency Monero. According to the Japanese daily news provider Mainichi, the three individuals are accused of setting up web sites designed to attract and then surreptitiously… Read More

Google Bans Cryptomining Extensions on Chrome in Effort to Stave Off Cryptojacking

Around the Ides of March, Google (following in Facebook’s footsteps) banned all cryptocurrency advertising, effective June 2018. Crowdfund Insider reported that in 2017 alone Google blocked 3.2 billion ads from its platform. Now Chrome has added to its Developer Program Policies a ban that prohibits products… Read More

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