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Report: Cryptomining malware detections up more than 459 percent since 2017

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Detections of cryptomining malware has increased by 459 percent since last year, according to a new report released today by the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), citing statistics collected from several of its member companies. Titled “The Illicit Cryptocurrency Cyber Threat,” the report warns that this dramatic year-over-year rise is no fluke, noting that illegal mining activity will likely…

Iron Group suspected in creation of Xbash all-in-one malware

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A threat actor has been targeting Windows and Linux servers with a self-propagating malware mash-up that’s comprised of botnet, ransomware, disk wiper, cryptomining and worm elements all in one. Researchers from Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 division have tied the malware, dubbed Xbash, to the APT actor known as Iron Group. The same group has previously…

Monero miner found in third-party Kodi add-ons for Linux and Windows

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The now-shuttered XvBMC and Bubbles third-party add-on repositories, along with the still operating Gaia, have been hosting more than just software products, as researchers have discovered these sites have been abused to propagate a cryptomining campaign centered on the popular open-source media player Kodi. ESET researchers have reported that the three add-on repositories, two of…

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