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New cryptominer botnet spreads payload, less intrusive

A new cryptocurrency-mining botnet attack called Prometei bypasses detection systems and monetizes its campaigns in less intrusive ways. It is the first time that anyone’s documented a multi-modular botnet, according to Talos, which discovered the botnet and dubbed it “Prometei.” The botnet, which has been active since March, spreads a payload to provide financial benefits…

Twitter hack is a reminder of the dangers of unfettered employee access

Twitter’s acknowledgement that a “coordinated social engineering campaign” involving multiple employees was behind a hack of prominent verified accounts raises significant questions as to whether business organizations are implementing effective security controls that limit potential insider threats’ access to back-end administrative tools. The hacking incident — which promoted a cryptocurrency scam and victimized the accounts…

Docker attackers devise clever technique to avoid detection

In what researchers say is a first, attackers are performing a new container attack technique in the wild, whereby they build their own malicious images on a targeted host instead of pulling preexisting ones from a public registry. This maneuver allows the adversaries to avoid static detection by scanners that are programmed to look for…

Cryptomining campaign targets Kubernetes via machine learning framework

A malware campaign is abusing the popular machine-learning (ML) framework Kubeflow in order to target Kubernetes clusters with a crypto miner, Microsoft’s Azure Security Center (ASC) warns. Tens of clusters running on the Kubernetes open-source container orchestration system have already been impacted, the ASC notes in a blog post published this week. “Nodes that are…

CoinMiner found in third-party Zoom download

The bad news for Zoom keeps coming rolling in with Trend Micro researchers finding CoinMiner being bundled with a legitimate installer of the video conferencing software. The good news is the installer, Zoom installer version 4.4.0.0, is not from the company’s official download center, but likely from a fraudulent third-party store, Trend Micro reported. However,…

Attackers distill essence of Mirai IoT botnet into LiquorBot malware

Researchers recently uncovered another descendant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, this one featuring Monero cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Dubbed LiquorBot, the botnet malware is written in Go programming language and seems to use the same command-and-control infrastructure as Mirai. Sometimes, attack campaigns have even paired both LiquorBot and Mirai together in malicious dropper scripts,…

Dexphot malware uses fileless techniques to install cryptominer

Microsoft Corporation yesterday revealed its discovery of a polymorphic malware that uses fileless techniques to execute a cryptomining program on victimized machines. Dubbed Dexphot, the malware was first observed in October 2018 when Microsoft detected a campaign that “attempted to deploy files that changed every 20 to 30 minutes on thousands of devices,” according to…

Stantinko botnet’s monetization strategy shifts to cryptomining

The versatile Stantinko botnet that’s been targeting former Soviet nations since at least 2012 has added a Monero cryptomining module to its arsenal. Stantinko historically has perpetrated click fraud, ad injections, social network fraud and brute-force password stealing attacks, primarily targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But this latest module, discovered by researchers at ESET,…

Stolen GateHub and EpicBot credentials spotted on hacking forum

Millions of credentials stolen from the GateHub cryptocurrency wallet service and gaming bot provider EpicBot were reportedly posted on popular hacking forum site RaidForums last month, along with other personal information. Roughly 2.2 million accounts were affected – 1,408,078 of which belong GateHub users, while 816,662 were created by EpicBot users, according to security researcher…

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