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Graboid cryptomining worm leverages Docker Engine containers to spread

Researchers have found what they are calling the first crpytojacking worm to spread to and from compromised containers in the Docker Engine. Named Graboid as an homage to the monster worm in the 1990 movie Tremors, the malware mines Monero cryptocurrency from infected machines and randomly spreads to other vulnerable hosts. Indeed, the malware contains a list…

Fake company pushes phony cryptocurrency app to spread Mac malware

It appears North Korean hackers have revisited a tried-and-true scheme to attack Mac owners who work at cryptocurrency exchanges: creating a fake company and corresponding cryptocurrency trading app that actually infects users with malware. Researcher Patrick Wardle, creator of OS X security firm Objective-See, reported in a blog post late last week that malicious actors…

Tricks of the trade: Mac malware impersonates trading app

Researchers have uncovered two variants of information-stealing Mac malware that impersonates a legitimate stocks and cryptocurrency trading application. The two variants, identified by Trend Micro as Trojan.MacOS.GMERA.A and Trojan.MacOS.GMERA.B, both include a copy of Stockfolio version 1.4.13, along with the malware author’s digital certificate and various malicious components. The first variant’s components include a Mach-O…

Skidmap malware drops LKMs on Linux machines to enable cryptojacking, backdoor access

Researchers have discovered a sophisticated cryptomining program that uses loadable kernel modules (LKMs) to help infiltrate Linux machines, and hides its malicious activity by displaying fake network traffic stats. Dubbed Skidmap, the malware can also grant attackers backdoor access to affected systems by setting up a secret master password that offers access to any user account…

ShadowGate malvertising group serves up SEON ransomware via Greenflash Sundown exploit kit

The cybercriminal group ShadowGate has emerged from a long quiet period, launching a global malvertising campaign that redirects victims to the Greenflash Sundown exploit kit, in order to infect them with SEON ransomware, a cryptominer and the Pony credential-stealer. Also known as WordsJS, the ShadowGate group is more typically known for targeting Asia, especially South…

Plurox backdoor opens up networks to cryptominers and protocol exploits

Researchers earlier this year discovered a modular backdoor that delivers one of eight different cryptominers to infected systems, as well as malicious plug-ins that exploit the UPnP and SMB protocols. Written in C and compiled with Mingw GCC, the malware, dubbed Plurox, was discovered last February by researchers at Kaspersky, who believe they detected the…

Making a racket: LoudMiner malware cryptojacks VMs, comes bundled with pirated VST software

Malicious actors are attempting to infect computers running Tiny Core Linux virtual machines with an XMRig-based cryptominer that’s being bundled with pirated copies of Virtual Studio Technology (VST) software applications. Dubbed LoudMiner, the Monero-mining software first appeared in August 2018, and works by abusing virtualization software – QEMU on macOS machines and VirtualBox on Windows devices.…

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Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook announced its own cryptocurrency Libra that will be backed and controlled by the Libra Association which also includes founding members Uber, Lyft and Spotify. The platform will allow users to buy and send money without racking up as many fees as traditional financial platforms. Users can buy or cash out the cryptocurrency at local…

Spirit AeroSystems confirms ASCO Industries cyberattack

Reports that Belgian aerospace manufacturer ASCO Industries has shuttered several factories due to a ransomware attack on June 7 is certainly news, but what is causing even more raised eyebrows is the company’s almost complete silence on the issue. ASCO, which is in the process of being acquired by Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit AeroSystems, reportedly confirmed…

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