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This spooky Monero-mining malware waits to be controlled remotely

Submitted by TNW News on August 14, 2019 - 4:42pm


Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a mysterious new strain of cryptocurrency mining (cryptomining) malware that employs powerful techniques to avoid detection and analysis. Software firm Varonis determined the malware is based on Monero mining software XMRig, which is open source and hosted on GitHub. Hard Fork has previously reported on other notable instances of cryptomining malware that utilize XMRig. To date, Norman has hit at least one “mid-size” company, having infected almost every workstation and server on its network. “Most were generic variants of cryptominers. Some were password dumping tools, some were hidden PHP shells, and some had been present for…

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