McAfee Labs researchers have discovered new Russian malware, dubbed WebCobra, which harnesses victims’ computing power to mine for cryptocurrencies. WebCobra silently drops and installs the Cryptonight miner or Claymore’s Zcash miner, depending on the architecture WebCobra finds. This cryptocurrency mining malware is uncommon in that it drops a different miner depending on the configuration of the machine it infects.
The researchers believe this threat arrives via rogue PUP installers. They have observed it across the globe, with the highest number of infections in Brazil, South Africa, and the United States.
Read more about the WebCobra cryptojacking malware on McAfee.