French Cops Trick Monero Cryptomining Botnet to Self-Destruct on 850,000 Computers

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The Retadup malware which had been deployed on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world to secretly mine the Monero cryptocurrency and commit other illegal acts may finally be over. According to the BBC, the backend infrastructure of the Retadup Monero cryptojacker which is estimated to have infected over 850,000 computers across the globe has been destroyed by the Cybercrime Fighting...

Make-A-Wish-Foundation Website Infected with Crypto Mining Malware

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Cyber criminals seem to have reached a new low, as they have targeted the site of one of the most popular children’s foundations in the world and infected it with crypto mining malware. In a published report this week, researchers from security firm Trustwave reported that a CoinImp crypto mining script was injected into the Make-A-Wish Foundation website and that this script used the computing...

‘WebCobra’: McAfee Spots Russian Malware Mining Monero and Zcash

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Researchers at computer security firm McAfee Labs discovered a lethal new cryptojacking malware called “WebCobra,” which steals victims’ computing power to mine the cryptocurrencies Monero or Zcash secretly. The spike in cryptocurrency prices has inspired a new wave of cybercriminals, who use malware to cannibalize unsuspecting victims’ computers to mine crypto. Infections...

Malware Not Found: How Cryptojackers Use Sophisticated Methods to Avoid Detection

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The obfuscation capabilities of cryptocurrency mining malware creators are increasingly getting more and more sophisticated, according to cybersecurity researchers at Trend Micro. This is evidenced by a new cryptocurrency mining malware that the researchers came across which employs multiple evasion techniques in order to evade detection. Identified as Coinminer.Win32.MALXMR.TIAOODAM, the...

Cryptojacking Attack Forces Canadian University to Shut Down Entire Network

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St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada has been targeted by cryptocurrency mining malware in a cyberattack that has forced the institution to shut down its entire network for the better part of a week as system administrators struggle to root out the malware. Known as “cryptojacking,” the practice has become recognised as a tool of choice for cybercriminals who are...

PSA: Hackers Are Using Fake Flash Updates to Hide Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

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It has been discovered that fake Adobe Flash updates are being used to surreptitiously install cryptocurrency mining malware on computers and networks, creating severe losses in time, system performance, and power consumption for affected users. Cryptojacking Breaks New Ground While fake Flash updates that push malware have traditionally been easy to spot and avoid, a new campaign has employed...

Google Bans Obfuscated Chrome Extensions to Cryptojackers’ Woe


Technology behemoth Google announced it will be taking crucial steps to ban any browser extensions that could potentially be targeting internet users’ digital assets. According to a recent press release, the company announced some of their upcoming plans to provide Chrome user’s with even more privacy and security when adding extensions to their browsers. And, not only will they be banning new...

Monero Launches Initiative to Combat Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

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Earlier this week, the Monero (XMR) community announced the launch of a new website that aims to educate users on cleaning up crypto-jacking malware and ransomware. Easing Malware Victims’ Confusion and Frustration The ease of mining and privacy of Monero are standout features for the coin. However, the features attract bad actors who use the coin in malware. Justin Ehrenhofer, the director...

Cryptojacking Surged by 86% in the Second Quarter of 2018: McAfee Labs


The surge in the popularity of cryptocurrency mining malware that started in the last quarter of last year has continued unabated into the first half of 2018. According to McAfee Labs, cryptocurrency mining malware attacks increased by 86% in the second quarter of this year. While the primary target of cryptocurrency mining malware has remained personal computers, cryptojackers have increasingly...

Cryptojacking is up 459% in 2018, and it’s the NSA’s Fault

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A report from the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) indicates a massive 459% increase in the rate of illegal cryptojacking, through which hackers hijack computer processing power to mine cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and monero. As CCN recently reported, the Indian government was recently targeted in a cyberattack which hijacked processing power from government website servers to mine cryptocurrency...

Vigilante Botnet Infects Computers to Remove Cryptocurrency Malware


Botnets have become increasingly powerful over the last few years, to the point where the US Department of Homeland Security admitted that they couldn’t face the problem alone and needed help from the white hat community. Botnets consist of dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of internet-connected devices which are then used to carry out to send spam messages en masse or to launch...

Cryptojacking: Attackers Hijack Indian Government Websites to Mine Cryptocurrency

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Hackers stole the processing power of several Indian government websites to mine cryptocurrencies, researchers found. Citizen portals such as that of the municipal administration of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Tirupati Municipal Corporation and Macherla municipality are among the hundreds of Indian websites that are found to be infected by cryptojacking malware. Cryptojacking, as the term indicates...

Not a Ticket to Riches: Average Cryptojacking Website Makes Only $5.80 per Day


The amount of money that the average cryptojacker makes in a day places them squarely below the developed world’s poverty line. This came to the fore after a study conducted by researchers at Germany’s Braunschweig University of Technology revealed that even though some high-traffic websites profit handsomely from cryptojacking, the average ones only manage to reap minimal returns. “On average...

Crypto Mining Attacks Up Nearly 1000% in First Half of 2018


Detected instances of cryptojacking – the unauthorized commandeering of computer resources to mine cryptocurrencies – went up nearly 1000% in the first six months of 2018. This is one of the insights presented in the Trend Micro midyear roundup report titled “Unseen Threats, Imminent Losses”. “Noticeable Shift” Released on August 28, the report states that...

1 in 3 U.K. Businesses Hit by Cryptojacking in July: Study


A new study published by Citrix has suggested that approximately 30 percent of businesses in the U.K. fell victim to cryptojacking attacks in July alone, as criminals continue to push malware that secretly uses the processing power of their computers to mine cryptocurrency. The research, which was commissioned by software company Citrix, asked 750 IT executives from the United Kingdom about their...

Monero Cryptomining Attack Affects Over 200,000 ISP-Grade Routers Globally


Four months after a security patch for MikroTik routers was released, some of the users of the devices who ignored fixing the vulnerability have now been turned into unwitting miners of Monero. Known as CVE-2018-14847 the security flaw in MikroTik routers is being exploited with a view of installing the Coinhive cryptocurrency mining script in websites that users of the devices visit. According...

Steam Shuts Down Game for Cryptomining Monero from Gamers


Valve Corporation, the company behind the gaming website Steam, suddenly pulled a game called Abstractism from its store. Customer complaints and the game’s performance metrics point to another instance of crypto jacking. Abstractism has been marketed as a simple platformer where you control a bunch of pixels and try to carry it successfully to the other end of the level. In this case, you...

The Pirate Bay Is Using Visitors’ Computers to Mine Monero Again


The notorious torrent index site The Pirate Bay has resumed using users’ CPU to mine Monero (XMR) on their website. On July 4th, The Pirate Bay added a disclaimer at the bottom of their website which stated: “By entering TPB you agree to XMR being mined using your CPU. If you don’t agree please leave now or install an adBlocker” As CCN reported, The Pirate Bay conducted a one-day trial back...

Cybercriminals Are Moving from Ransomware to Cryptojacking: Kaspersky Lab


According to a report published by Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company, there has been a significant shift from ransomware-related attacks to crypto-mining malware. The report claims that this type of attack — known as cryptojacking — has become a more profitable prospect for hackers and is the reason for the decline in ransomware attacks. In 2017, Ransomware like WannaCry...

Japanese Police Arrest 16 Individuals in Monero Cryptojacking Case: Report


Cryptojacking is the process of installing mining scripts or outright malicious malware onto computers of unsuspecting users to mine cryptocurrencies. The most popular among these is Coinhive, a javascript mining script installed on websites. Hackers have been installing Coinhive on websites with weak security to mine Monero. Since Monero is a privacy coin, it makes it harder to catch criminals...

Monero Miners to See Charges in Japan’s First CryptoJacking Criminal Case

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Japanese police are investigating three suspects allegedly using Coinhive, a Monero-mining software script, in a cryptojacking case that could lead to criminal prosecution. A number of police departments in the prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Tochigi in central Japan are carrying out a joint-investigation into three suspects who allegedly set up websites in 2017 to mine Monero using visitors’...

Monero Mining Malware Hits Apple Macs

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A new Mac-based cryptojacking attack was reported this past week on Apple’s forums, forcing users to unwittingly run software that mines privacy coin monero. According to a Malwarebytes Labs blog post, the software was discovered when a user noticed that a process called “mshelper” consumed suspiciously-large amounts of CPU time. The user said that mshelper was constantly appearing in the CPU...

Cryptojacking Attack Hits Hundreds of Websites to Mine Monero

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Cryptojacking has been one of the most significant security threat researchers have been facing ever since cryptocurrencies took off last year. Mining requires computational power, and in return, miners are awarded a small amount of cryptocurrency. With cryptojacking, hackers infect machines and secretly use them to mine cryptocurrencies. According to a report by the UK’s National Crime Agency...

Cybersecurity Report: Cryptojacking Remains an Acute Threat in 2018


Cybercrime ran rampant last year, and the cryptocurrency market was no exception, as evidenced by hacks involving bitcoin ransoms and the pervasive use of cryptojacking. Cryptojacking involves using someone’s CPUs to secretly mine cryptocurrency without that person’s permission. And according to a report by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security...

Ethereum Drama, More Bans and Lawsuits: This Week in Crypto

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Make sure you check out last weeks post here, now let’s go over what happened in crypto this week.  Price Watch: Bitcoin is down 20% this week completely retracing the past week’s gains. Despite periodic gains this week, the market still finished down significantly from last week posting another double-digit loss. This has been attributed to everything from child porn to market...

Cryptojacking Campaign Uses Five-Year-Old Vulnerability to Rake in Monero

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A nearly five-year-old vulnerability is reportedly being used to infect Linux servers with a crypto mining malware that’s allowing hackers to use them to mine privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR), according to US-based cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. Per the firm’s report, hackers are taking advantage of a vulnerability found in the Network Weathermap plugin for Cacti. The vulnerability...

Hackers Cryptojack Tesla’s Cloud to Mine Monero


According to RedLock, a boutique tech security consultancy, crypto-jacking is set to become one of the biggest security concerns for enterprise computing worldwide. RedLock’s latest research noted a changing security context; one that underpins a changing landscape from data theft to computational power theft. Tesla, a RedLock client, was reportedly a victim of a serious crypto-jacking incident...

News Outlet Salon is Mining Monero as an Alternate Revenue Source


Salon is the latest company to utilize CoinHive’s Monero mining script on their website. On Sunday, when readers utilizing ad-blockers visited popular news site Salon, they were faced with an interesting choice, foreign to the usual inquiry about disabling their ad-blocker. They could either disable their ad-blocker to continue to view content or opt-in to allow Salon to utilize their computer...

Malware Hijacks Millions of Android Devices to Mine Monero


Cybercriminals are increasingly hijacking other people’s devices to mine Monero (XMR), in a trend now called cryptojakcing. According to Malwarebytes, a “drive-by” mining campaign recently redirected millions of Android users to a website that hijacked their devices to mine the privacy-centric cryptocurrency using Coinhive . The campaign worked by redirecting users to a page that told them their...