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Malicious calculator app adds up Bitvote coins in cryptomining scheme

Looking to get the jump on Bitvote (BTV), a forked version of Bitcoin that launched just last January, attackers recently distributed a trojanized calculator app that downloads a cryptominer targeting the new cryptocurrency.

Ransomware has generated about $4.6 million in bitcoin for its distributors

Two Italian researchers from the University of Padua have compiled an estimate of how much money, in bitcoin, has been generated by the various types of ransomware used by cybercriminals.

Cryptocurrencies retaining their value will determine this malware's future success

Cryptomining is certainly one of the buzzwords flying around the exhibition halls and meeting rooms at RSA 2018, but with the currency's long-term viability directly tied to its value at least one cybersecurity exec thinks this criminal activity's time could be limited.

Cryptocurrency mining malware usage continues climbing

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the cybersecurity industry that cryptocurrency mining is increasing at an incredible rate, but the rate of increase might come as a surprise.

'Mine' for the taking: researchers issue trio of reports on malicious cryptominers

Three leading cybersecurity research teams separately released reports today about recent malicious cryptomining activity -- one revealed the compromise a major ad platform, another analyzed an emerging malware that infected at least 166,000 users worldwide, and a third focused on a large crop of Android-based miners.

New Monero miner capable of destroying mobile devices

A new group of cryptocurrency miners is using a function normally found in SLocker Android ransomware to add self-protection and persistence to what Trend Micros is calling HiddenMiner.

Hackers exploit old flaw to turn Linux servers into cryptocurrency miners

The malicious actors who installed and ran a cryptocurrency mining operation on hacked Tesla ASW servers and Jenkins servers is now targeting servers running Linux and has so far generated more than $74,000 in Monero.

Google policy change abolishes ads for cryptocurrencies

Google this week updated its financial services policy, effective June 2018, to prohibit the advertising of cryptocurrencies and related content.

Cryptocurrency mining attacks increasing exponentially, no end in sight

Cryptocurrency miners are seemingly working away under every rock on the internet and there is a good reason. It's an almost guaranteed payday with a much-reduced chance of discovery.

RedisWannaMine cryptojacking attack exploits EternalBlue vulnerability and public Redis servers

A newly discovered and unusually sophisticated cryptojacking attack attempts to install cryptominers on both database and application servers by targeting misconfigured Redis servers, as well as Windows servers that are susceptible to the EternalBlue NSA exploit.

ComboJack malware steals digital payments, cryptocurrency, by modifying info saved to clipboards

Researchers have discovered a new malware that steals cryptocurrency and other electronic funds by surreptitiously modifying wallet or payment information whenever victims copy it to their devices' clipboards.

Legal cryptocurrency mining operation's power draw creates concern

Illegal cryptocurrency mining has taken over as the primary money-generating methodology for many cybercriminals, but even companies attempting to mine digital currency legally are running into some problems.

If ransom paid in Bitcoin Cash don't expect to get files back

A new ransomware attack called Thanatos demands payment in Bitcoin Cash, which contains a decryption bug that makes it impossible for attack victims to recover stolen files, reports security researcher Malware HunterTeam.

Rig EK all but disappears, usage down 96 percent

The Rig exploit kit, once used almost exclusively to deliver ransomware, is now not only not delivering that ransomware but has seen a 96 percent reduction in overall usage.

Researcher: Microsoft Word feature can be exploited to display videos that mine cryptocurrency

Malicious actors can abuse Microsoft Word's Online Video feature to deliver videos that secretly exhaust their viewers' computer processing power in order to mine cryptocurrencies, according to Israeli cybersecurity firm Votiro.

Cryptominer campaign leveraging Oracle bug spreads worldwide via multiple infection tactics

A malicious campaign that's been exploiting a vulnerability in Oracle's WebLogic application servers in order to install a Monero cryptominer on victims' machines has reportedly used at least four different infection chain tactics to spread the threat worldwide, across virtually all industry sectors.

Cryptocurrency mining crimeblotter, TrickBot, Coinhoard and Apache CouchDB vulnerabilities

The amount of illegal cryptocurrency mining that is now taking place makes keeping track a difficult proposition, but here is a quick roundup of what was has been spotted over the last few days.

Stinging Telegram: Attackers exploit zero-day flaw in app to fool users into malicious downloads

Attackers were found exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the Telegram messenger app to make the names and extensions of malicious files appear more legitimate, in hopes that users who received these files would be more willing to open them.

Crypto exchange BitGrail and token developer Nano at odds over alleged coin theft

Italian cryptocurrency exchange BitGrail is feuding with the developers of Nano virtual tokens, with both sides pointing fingers after BitGrail issued an announcement claiming a malicious actor stole 17 million Nano coins from the exchange.

Adversary breaches Tennessee hospital's medical records server to install cryptominer

Decatur County General Hospital in Parsons, Tenn., has publicly disclosed that an unauthorized party accessed the server for its electronic medical record system and secretly implanted cryptomining malware.

Litecoin emerges as popular Bitcoin alternative among dark web underground community

An analysis of 150 of popular dark web message boards, marketplaces and illegal services has revealed that underground vendors have been gravitating toward Litecoin cryptocurrency as a viable alternative to Bitcoin when conducting transactions.

MacUpdate hacked, cryptocurrency miner apps installed

A cybercriminal managed to infiltrate the Mac app download site MacUpdate and install maliciously- copies of the Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper applications that actually were cryptocurrency miners.

Monero miner Smominru using EternalBlue to spread

The new Monero miner Smominru is active in the wild using the EternalBlue exploit to spread, according to a new report.

Cryptominers and malspam up while zero days and ransomware decline

Malicious actors kept busy late last year adding new weapons to their arsenal while placing others on the backburner as they attempted to profit from new honey holes like cryptocurrency mining and boosting the amount of old favorites like malspam.

Report: Coincheck cyberthieves attempting to move, sell off NEM cryptocurrency

The developers of NEM cryptocurrency claim they have traced $533 million in digital coins stolen from hacked crypto exchange Coincheck to an anonymous account whose owners are trying to move the money around, according to Reuters.

Spartanburg, S.C., library system hit with ransomware attack

The Spartanburg, S.C., Public Library system was shut down after it was hit with a ransomware attack.

Millions of machines download XMRig cryptominer after users click on devious links

A newly discovered malicious URL redirection campaign that infects users with the XMRig Monero cryptocurrency miner has already victimized users between 15 and 30 million times, researchers have reported.

North Korea-linked trojan switches targets from banks to cryptocurrency enthusiasts

Originally used by reputed North Korean hackers to attack the global banking sector, the Ratankba downloader trojan has been repurposed into a PowerShell-based variant that appears to be targeting small, non-financial organizations and individuals with an interest in cryptocurrency, an analysis shows.

Crooks fabricate SpriteCoin cryptocurrency as lure to download ransomware

Heard of the hot new cryptocurrency SpriteCoin? No? That's because it's a fictional fairy tale cooked up by cybercrooks as a ruse to infect wannabe investors with a particularly devilish ransomware program.