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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

Fake Flash Player Updates Getting More Sophisticated at Spreading Crypto Malware

Until recently, fake Flash Player updates designed to spread malware have typically been rather clunky and lacking in “stealth,” says Brad Duncan, a threat intelligence analyst and writer for the cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. “In recent years, such imposters have often been poorly-disguised malware… Read More

Bitcoin Malware Hackers Target Fortnite Video Gamers

Players of the ultra-popular video game Fortnite may soon add a disappointment dance to their repertoire as they are increasingly targeted by malware aimed at their Bitcoin. Researchers at the anti-virus and anti-malware company Malwarebytes say they have found malware targeting victims’ crypto holdings hidden… Read More

A Botnet is Roving Around Destroying CryptoMining Malware

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Cybersecurity researchers at Qihoo 360NetLab say they have identified a botnet (a network of coordinated computing devices) that is trolling the net to locate computers running Monero mining script and destroying the script. The botnet is said to first look for the presence of a… 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

Unpatched Microsoft Systems Vulnerable to Crypto Mining and Other Malware Attacks, Experts Warn

Malware leaked from the NSA’s tool chest over a year ago is now being used to mine cryptocurrencies secretly on infected Windows systems, TechCrunch reports, and worse attacks could follow if enterprises and governments don’t patch the vulnerability. The problem began in April 2017, when… 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

Sentinel Protocol Raises US$27M & Partners with Bibox Exchange

Sentinel Protocol, a crowdsourced threat intelligence platform built on the blockchain, has not only signed a partnership with Bibox Exchange but announced a $27M funding windfall. Bibox has agreed to deploy Sentinel Protocol platform to protect its users but list Sentinel Protocol’s UPP token. “Exchanges are… Read More

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