Cryptomining

New cryptomining malware uses WAV audio files to conceal its tracks

A new campaign discovered by security researchers shows that cybercriminals are hiding malware inside WAV audio files. This technique of obfuscating malicious code in plain sight — a method called steganography — was uncovered by BlackBerry’s cybersecurity subsidiary Cylance. “When played, some of the WAV files produced music that had no discernible quality issues or …

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French ‘cybergendarmes’ take down huge cryptomining botnet

French police have managed to take down a botnet of more than 850,000 computers that were being used to mine the Monero cryptocurrency. The operation, led by a team from France’s C3N digital crime-fighting center dubbed “cybergendarmes,” targeted the botnet after being tipped off earlier this year to its existence by antivirus firm Avast Software s.r.o., the BBC reported last …

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Cryptomining, Malware, and What to Expect in 2018

Cryptomining is a process that requires computational power for confirming the validity of new transactions in a decentralized network, which results in new blocks added to blockchain—a public ledger of cryptocurrency transactions. As discussed in our Online Security Trends for 2018, cryptocurrency mining is growing significantly and will continue. Miners put the computing power of …

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