7 Cryptominers & Cryptomining Botnets You Can’t Ignore

Cryptocurrency mining has emerged as the new big threat for organizations worldwide. Many cybercriminals, looking to cash in on the crypto-craze, have begun hijacking computers and using their resources secretly to mine for cryptocurrencies. One tactic has been to install miners for popular cryptocurrencies—especially Monero—on host systems and add them to massive cryptomining botnets. Another tactic has […]

Hackers exploit Jenkins servers, make $3 million by mining Monero

If you run a Jenkins server, you might want to make sure it is fully patched, since researchers found “one of the biggest malicious mining operations ever discovered.” The cyber crooks have already made more than $3 million by installing malware that mines for Monero on vulnerable Windows machines. And now they are honing in on […]

Cryptomining malware continues to drain enterprise CPU power

Cryptomining malware continues to impact organizations globally as 23% were affected by the Coinhive variant during January 2018, according to Check Point’s latest Global Threat Impact Index. Researchers discovered three different variants of cryptomining malware in its Top 10 most prevalent ranking, with Coinhive ranking first, impacting more than one-in-five organizations. Coinhive performs online mining of Monero […]

Hackers exploit zero-day flaw in Telegram to mine cryptocurrency

Cyber thugs have been exploiting a zero-day flaw in the Telegram Messenger desktop app in order to mine for cryptocurrencies or to install a backdoor to remotely control victims’ computers. Kaspersky Lab discovered attacks on Telegram Messenger’s Windows desktop client back in October 2017. The vulnerability in the popular Telegram app had been actively exploited since […]

Android malware: Millions fall victim to drive-by cryptocurrency miner

Millions of Android users have unwittingly lent their device to a drive-by cryptocurrency mining campaign in what’s believed to be the first large operation of this kind to specifically target mobile users. Malicious apps and sites with malvertising are redirecting millions of users to websites set up for the purposes of mining the Monero cryptocurrency. […]

UK government websites, ICO hijacked by cryptocurrency mining malware

A number of government websites in the UK, US, and Australia, including the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), have been compromised by cryptojacking malware. According to security researcher Scott Helme, over 4,000 websites have been affected. The security consultant was made aware of the scheme after another security expert pointed out that the ICO’s website had […]

What is cryptojacking? How to prevent, detect, and recover from it

Cryptojacking is the unauthorized use of someone else’s computer to mine cryptocurrency. Hackers do this by either getting the victim to click on a malicious link in an email that loads cryptomining code on the computer, or by infecting a website or online ad with JavaScript code that auto-executes once loaded in the victim’s browser. […]