Brutal cryptocurrency mining malware crashes your PC when discovered

A new form of cryptominer has been discovered which crashes systems the moment antivirus products attempt to remove the malware. The malware, dubbed WinstarNssmMiner by 360 Total Security researchers, has been used in half a million attempted attacks leveraged at PCs in only three days. The cybersecurity firm said the cryptomining malware aims to infect PCs in […]

Adware bundle makes Chrome invisible to launch cryptojacking attacks

An adware bundle has been discovered which installs software to mine cryptocurrency on user PCs without their consent. Analysts from Bleeping Computer say that an adware bundle called FileTour has often walked a tightrope between nuisanceware, adware, and potentially unwanted programs (PuP), but now, the package has gone further by jumping on the cryptojacking bandwagon. FileTour, believed to […]

25% of companies affected by cloud cryptojacking

Cryptojacking has unquestionably gone mainstream. Despite heavy media and industry attention, organizations are struggling to meet compliance requirements in public cloud environments, according to RedLock. On the flip side, there’s evidence that companies are becoming more aware of cloud account compromises and implementing best practices to prevent attacks, but there’s still no shortage of new attack vectors […]

Step Aside Ransomware…Cryptojacking Is The New Kid On The Block!

With the ability to generate a staggering $1.5 trillion in revenues every year, cybercrime is big business! It’s the perfect model – earn a high income for minimum effort and risk of penalty. It comes as no surprise then that when faced with issues around the fluctuating value of Bitcoin, cybercriminals stepped into action. These savvy […]

Electroneum Cryptomining Targets Microsoft IIS 6.0 Vulnerability

F5 researchers recently noticed a new campaign exploiting a year-old vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 servers  to mine Electroneum cryptocurrency using the same IIS vulnerability (CVE–2017–7269) reported last year by ESET security researchers to have been abused to mine Monero and launch targeted attacks against organizations by the notorious “Lazarus” group. Lazarus group […]

Cryptojacking Campaign Exploits Drupal Bug, Over 400 Websites Attacked

Hundreds of websites running on the Drupal content management system – including those of the San Diego Zoo and the National Labor Relations Board – have been targeted by a malicious cryptomining campaign taking advantage of unpatched and recently revealed vulnerabilities. The attacks, which have impacted over 400 government and university websites worldwide, leverage the […]

No Computing Device Too Small For Cryptojacking

Pretty much any computing device — however low powered — appears to be becoming a target for cybercriminals trying to make money through illegal cryptocurrency mining. An investigation by security vendor Trend Micro shows how underground markets are awash in cryptocurrency malware, including those targeted at devices with relatively low processing capabilities such as consumer […]

Hello Kitty: Malware targets Drupal to mine for cryptocurrency

The latest version of the Kitty malware family is targeting Drupal websites in an effort to mine cryptocurrency. According to researchers from Imperva’s Incapsula, Kitty is the latest malware to attack the Drupal content management system (CMS) for the purpose of cryptojacking. It has been just over a month since the Drupalgeddon 2.0 (CVE-2018-7600) exploit was published. […]

Dig this: The future of crypto-mining botnets

The blockchain sector is now bursting with innovation, with developers looking for new, pragmatic ways to use this secure distributed ledger technology across a range of applications. And as always, cybercriminals are among the earliest adopters, and unfortunately helping to push forward public awareness of the technology. According to Gad Naveh, Threat Prevention Evangelist at Check Point, Crypto-mining […]

What Exactly Is ‘Cryptojacking’, And How Can Businesses Respond To The Spiralling Cyber Threat?

Earlier this month, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published a report listing ‘cryptojacking’ as one of the biggest cyber threats facing UK businesses. But what exactly is cryptojacking, and how can technology be properly leveraged to protect businesses from this spiralling threat? Ben Williams, Director of Operations at Adblock Plus explains. “Cryptojacking is the act of […]