Tagged: malware

Prolific Juvenile Hacker who DDosed the BBC and Yahoo Spared Additional Jail Time

A young hacker from Holland who used Mirai IoT malware to command botnet attacks against Yahoo, the BBC, e-commerce firm Zalando, crypto-trading platforms and gambling sites has been spared additional jail time for his crimes, ZDNet reports. Prosecutors alleged that, in some cases, the hacker… Read More

Hacker Sells Elite College Admissions Files for Bitcoin

A hacker has attempted to sell hacked elite college admissions files to teenaged hopefuls waiting to find out if they have made it into their colleges of choice, Consumer Affairs reports. The hacker originally offered to sell files for 1 Bitcoin ($3800 USD)  in a… Read More

Return of Dorm-Room Crypto Mining or Malware Surge?

PC Magazine is reporting this week on an apparent surge of on-campus cryptomining detected by cybersecurity firm Cisco. The news is noteworthy because, according to urban legend, crypto mining for bitcoins started mostly in dorm rooms and nerd basements. Stealthily, however, corporate crypto miners like… Read More

Coinhive, Number One Source of Cryptojacking Software, Closing in March

Citing miner-attrition from “forks” and declining crypto prices, CoinHive, an in-browser crypto mining software service favored by malicious cryptojackers, will be shutting down in March, ZDNet reports. CoinHive was initially conceived as a way for websites to earn revenue from visitors without having to show… Read More

Data Clouds “Main Focus for Hackers Looking to Mine Cryptocurrency” Bitglass Cla

Australian cloud access security brokerage (CASB) Bitglass has published an article in Security Briefing Australia warning that “cloud resources” have become the most coveted target of hackers pervading cryptocurrency mining malware. “Cloud computing” is essentially the outsourcing of data storage to firms running large data… Read More

Eight “Cryptojacking” Apps Removed from Microsoft Store

Eight “potentially unwanted applications” (PUAs) identified by cybersecurity researchers at Symantec have been now been removed from the Microsoft Store. The eight fake apps -Fast-search Lite, Battery Optimizer (Tutorials), VPN Browsers+, Downloader for YouTube Videos, Clean Master+ (Tutorials), FastTube, Findoo Browser 2019, and Findoo Mobile… Read More

Cryptocurrency: MetaMask Malware Hijacks Clipboard to Steal Ethers

Malware designed to intercept and replace digitally-copied cryptocurrency addresses with those belonging to hackers has been found in a fake MetaMask app available until recently at the Google Play app market. According to cybersecurity firm WeLiveSecurity, the malicious app, “Android/Clipper.C” was, “…spotted shortly after it was… Read More

Researchers Find New Mac “CookieMiner” Malware Stealing Cryptocurrency Trading Access & More

People checking their balances on cryptocurrency exchanges and financial accounts are being warned to delete all cookies from their browsers after they log out. According to cybersecurity researchers at Palo Alto Networks, a new cookie-based cryptomining malware called “CookieMiner” is circulating and is designed to… Read More

New Monero CryptoMining Malware Targeting Alibaba and Tencent Clouds

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 “global threat intelligence team” has identified a new exploit illegally mining Monero cryptocurrency on Chinese public cloud networks: “Palo Alto networks recently captured and investigated new samples of the Linux coin mining malware used by the Rocke group…. Read More

Russian Malware-Infected Movie File Used to Steal Cryptocurrencies, Rip Off Wikipedia

Russian-sourced malware targeting PC users that download movie files from Pirate Bay is being used to steal cryptocurrencies, “poison” people’s browsers with compromised pop-ups and even divert Wikipedia donations to attackers, Bleeping Computer reports. The malicious file was discovered by security researcher 0xffff0800 in a copy of the… Read More

Hackers Escalating Ethereum Thefts in Advance of Possible Further Price Declines

Hackers have tripled their efforts this month to rip off “exposed” Ethereum wallets and mining equipment- probably in an attempt to profit while the profiting’s still good, ZDNet reports. In fact, attack frequency has been furious for the past week, said Troy Mursch, co-founder of… Read More

Monero-Mining Malware Getting More Sophisticated, Researchers Say

A sophisticated actor, or actors, is presently using an “evolving” type of crypto-jacking software to infect private systems from Mexico to India to Norway to Israel, commandeering them for the mining of Monero, a popular “privacy cryptocurrency” difficult to trace. The malware, called “KingMiner,” has been… Read More

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

US Indicts Two Iranians for 200 Ransomware Attacks in US

Yesterday, the American Justice Department indicted Iranian citizens Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, for executing remote cyber attacks against 200 American government agencies, municipalities and health care businesses, the Daily Mail reports. The charges were announced by US Deputy Attorney… Read More

Make a Wish Site Hit by Crypto Mining Malware Hack

Crypto mining is becoming less profitable by the minute as the price of crypto tanks and the cost to mine outpaces the value generated. That is unless you can mine for free. The Make a Wish Foundation, a popular charity during the holiday season, appears… Read More

Malware Researcher Finds Four Crypto-Stealing Wallet Apps at Google Play Store

Lukas Stefanko, a Malware researcher and blogger, recently identified four crypto-stealing wallet apps being hosted at the Google Play Store: “These threats imitate legitimate services for NEO, Tether and MetaMask. I reported these apps to the Google security team and they were promptly removed.” Stefanko divided the fraudulent… Read More

McAfee Labs Detects New Crypto Mining Malware “WebCobra”

Researchers at McAfee Labs have discovered a new type of Russian malware quietly mining Zcash and Monero on exploited computers around the world. The malware “arrives via PUP installers” that drop and install either the Cryptonight Monero miner or Claymore’s Zcash miner onto a system, “depending… Read More

Hackers Spread Crypto-Stealing Code Through StatCounter at Gate.io Exchange

On November 3rd, hackers successfully sandwiched crypto-stealing code into the middle of a popular web traffic-measuring plugin from StatCounter, which is now used on more than two million websites, including government sites, WeLiveSecurity reports. Because the infected software creates a new bitcoin address for every site… 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

Malwarebytes Forum User Finds Back-Door Malware in “CoinTicker” Crypto Price App

A contributor to the Malwarebytes forum, “1vladimir,” has detected back-door-creating malware embedded in a free, downloadable cryptocurrency price-tracking app for Mac called CoinTicker. “It seems that the app is covertly installing not just one but two different backdoors,” says a Malwarebytes blog post on the… Read More

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