Government Websites Deliver Cryptocurrency Mining Code

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and Australian governments, have been turning their visitors' computers into mining machines to harvest the virtual currency Monero. The security lapse continues the recent trend of cryptocurrency mining malware overtaking ransomware Security of Code Pushed by Content Delivery Networks Remains Ongoing Concern More than 4,200 websites, some belonging to the U.S.,

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Cryptojacking: Hackers Mining Bitcoin on Your Dime!


When cryptojacking, criminal hackers use enterprise computers to mine cryptocurrencies like bitcoin without the organization’s knowledge or consent, escaping the upfront costs of buying computers or computer processing power for the job. Cryptojacking has already replaced ransomware as the No. 1 threat facing enterprises; cryptojacking is more profitable and requires less effort and risk than ransomware, according to ITProPortal and Forbes.

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Cryptojacking Displaces Ransomware as Top Malware Threat

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Criminals' Quest for Cryptocurrency Continues If 2017 was the year of ransomware innovation, 2018 is well on its way to being known as the year of cryptocurrency mining malware. But while ransomware campaigns may be down, they're far from out

Q&A: Crypto jackers redirect illicit mining ops to bigger targets — company servers

The Last Watchdog

Illicit crypto mining is advancing apace. It began when threat actors began stealthily embedding crypto mining functionality into the web browsers of unwitting individuals. Related article: Illicit crypto mining hits cloud services. Cybercriminals have shifted their focus to burrowing onto company servers and then redirecting those corporate computing resources to crypto mining chores. Arsene: It’s important to understand that crypto mining may seem benign.

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Will cryptocurrency mining soon saturate AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud?

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Related: Why cryptojacking is more insidious than ransomware. On the face, the damage caused by cryptojacking may appear to be mostly limited to consumers and website publishers who are getting their computing resources diverted to mining fresh units of Monero, Ethereum and Bytecoin on behalf of leeching attackers. However, closer inspection reveals how cryptojacking morphed out of the ransomware plague of 2015 and 2016. You can mine them, if you have a powerful CPU.

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EVRAZ operations in North America disrupted by Ryuk ransomware

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Computer systems at EVRAZ, a multinational vertically integrated steel making and mining company, have been hit by Ryuk ransomware. EVRAZ is one of the world’s largest multinational vertically integrated steel making and mining companies with headquarters in London. According to ZDnet, the systems at the company have been infected with a strain of the Ryuk ransomware.

The City of Durham shut down its network after Ryuk Ransomware attack

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The City of Durham, North Carolina, was the last victim in order of time of the infamous Ryuk ransomware that infected its systems. The City of Durham, North Carolina was forced to shut down its network after its systems have been infected with the Ryuk Ransomware during the weekend. According to the local media, the City of Durham was hit with a phishing attack aimed at delivering the Ryuk Ransomware on the victims’ systems.

Obama-Themed Ransomware Also Mines for Monero

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More Proof Cryptojacking Is Thriving: Crypto-Locking Malware Doubles as Miner Ransomware creators, having already created "themes" for their crypto-locking malware ranging from Pokemon and horror movies to princesses and Donald Trump, have now debuted "Barack Obama" ransomware.

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Black Kingdom ransomware operators exploit Pulse VPN flaws

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Black Kingdom ransomware operators are targeting organizations using unpatched Pulse Secure VPN software to deploy their malware. Researchers from security firm REDTEAM reported that operators behind the Black Kingdom ransomware are targeting enterprises exploiting the CVE-2019-11510 flaw in Pulse Secure VPN software to gain access to the network. Black Kingdom ransomware was first spotted in late February by security researcher GrujaRS.

XBash Malware Packs Double Punch: Destroys Data and Mines for Crypto Coins


A newly discovered malware has different capabilities for Windows and Linux systems, including ransomware and cryptomining. Hacks Malware Vulnerabilities data destruction iron group Linux macOS malware ransomware Windows xbash

Ransomware, Leakware, Scareware… Oh My!

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Because the never-ending battle against the evil forces of the dark web continues with regard to ransomware and its ghoulish close cousins – leakware and scareware. Actors on the dark web, hiding behind their dark masks of anonymity, continue to brew their devilish ransomware potions.

The Long Run of Shade Ransomware

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Since the beginning of the year, security firms observed a new intense ransomware campaign spreading the Shade ransomware. Between January and February, a new, intense, ransomware campaign has been observed by many security firms. Trend of malicious JavaScript downloading Shade ransomware (source: ESET). Table 1: shade ransomware informations. Ransomware Onion website. The Long Run of Shade Ransomware. SecurityAffairs – Shade Ransomware, malware).

Ransomware attacks drop as organizations raise defenses

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Cybersecurity professionals reporting that cryptocurrency mining is on the rise. Ransomware Cyber security Phishing Malware

Crypto Miners May Be the ‘New Payload of Choice’ for Attackers


Crypto mining botnets provide a stealthy way to generate big bucks, without the downsides of ransomware. Malware Web Security Botnets Cisco Talos Cryptocurrency malware mining Monero ransomware

Ransomware, Trojan and Miner together against “PIK-Group”

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Security expert Marco Ramilli analyzed a new piece of malware apparently designed to target PIK-Group that implements ransomware , Trojan, and Miner capabilities. The second stage drops and executes three additional modules: a backdoor, a Miner and finally a quite known Ransomware. According to pcrisk , the first downloaded module (327B0EF4.exe) looks like a well-known Troldesh Ransomware. Ransomware Note. Why the implant installs a “miner” and a “ransomware” as well

MY TAKE: The no. 1 reason ransomware attacks persist: companies overlook ‘unstructured data’

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One reason for the enduring waves of ransomware is that unstructured data is easy for hackers to locate and simple for them to encrypt. But with no orderly internal framework, unstructured data defies data mining tools. Ransomware target. Gartner analysts estimate that over 80 percent of enterprise data is unstructured and is growing up to 65 percent a year, enticing cyber criminals to mine the mother lode. Ransomware “is encrypting files, unstructured data.”

Weekly podcast: Australian Cabinet Files, Matt Hancock MP’s app and Monero mining

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Finally, have we reached ‘peak ransomware’? After all, why lock users’ machines and demand a ransom that they might not even pay when you can just infect their machine with software that mines for cryptocurrency without their knowledge? Wait a moment – cryptocurrency mining ? Let’s just say mining entails solving complex mathematical calculations for a cryptocurrency reward and it requires a lot of processing power because it’s complicated.

Malware Leveraging PowerShell Grew 432% in 2017

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Cryptocurrency mining and ransomware were other major threats

Ransomware Revival: Troldesh becomes a leader by the number of attacks

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Ransomware accounted for over half of all malicious mailings in H1 2019, Troldesh aka Shade being the most popular tool among cybercriminals. Group-IB, a Singapore-based cybersecurity company: ransomware accounted for over half of all malicious mailings in H1 2019 , detected and analyzed by Group-IB’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-GIB), with Troldesh aka Shade being the most popular tool among cybercriminals. The revival of ransomware.

Malware Moves: Attackers Retool for Cryptocurrency Theft

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New and Repurposed Attack Code Steals Passwords, Drops Miners and Ransomware Cybercrime gangs continue to update or issue fresh versions of malware to mine for cryptocurrency, deliver crypto-locking ransomware, steal passwords and facilitate online bank account heists, according to new research reports.

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North Korean Hacking Infrastructure Tied to Magecart Hits

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Hidden Cobra Stealing E-Commerce Payment Card Data, Security Firm Sansec Reports Hackers with apparent ties to North Korea have extended their bag of online attack tricks beyond cryptocurrency mining, online bank heists and ransomware.

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Alleged GandCrab Distributor Arrested in Belarus

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Authorities Allege He Also Distributed Cryptocurrency Mining Malware A 31-year-old man who allegedly distributed versions of the GandCrab ransomware to target users has been arrested in Belarus for possession and distribution of malware, according to the country's Ministry of Internal Affairs

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Kaspersky Deems Crypto-jacking the New Ransomware as Crypto-miners up Their Game

The Security Ledger

Because of its potential to earn hackers millions in a steady stream of cash, Kaspersky Labs has deemed crypto-jacking the new ransomware in a report that arrived just as researchers spotted two new types of malware targeting the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies. In its report released last Wednesday, Kaspersky declared that crypto-mining. Consumer Kaspersky Lab Malware Reports Top Stories Vulnerabilities Cryptocurrency malware ransomware reports trends vulnerabilities

New XBash malware combines features from ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, botnets, and worms

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Palo Alto Network researchers discovered a new malware, tracked as XBash, that combines features from ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, botnets, and worms. The malicious code combines features from different families of malware such as ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, botnets, and worms.

Zyxel Fixes 0day in Network Storage Devices

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Patch comes amid active exploitation by ransomware gangs. While in many respects the class of vulnerability addressed in this story is depressingly common among Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the flaw is notable because it has attracted the interest of groups specializing in deploying ransomware at scale. “In some cases, it is possible to exchange your 0day with my existing 0day, or sell mine,” his Russian-language profile reads.

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Report: Small, Stealthy Groups Behind Worst Cybercrimes

The Security Ledger

Still, low-level criminal activity on the dark web still poses the most widespread and immediate security threat, with cryptocurrency mining, ransomware and malware all on the rise, a recent report has found.

Chinese Antivirus Firm Was Part of APT41 ‘Supply Chain’ Attack

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” The government alleges the group monetized its illicit access by deploying ransomware and “ cryptojacking ” tools (using compromised systems to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin). The U.S.

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ZombieBoy, a new Monero miner that allows to earn $1,000 on a monthly basis

Security Affairs

A security researcher discovered a new crypto mining worm dubbed ZombieBoy that leverages several exploits to evade detection. The ZombieBoy mine leverages several exploits, including: CVE-2017-9073, RDP vulnerability on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Hacking Police Bodycams

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Suprising no one, the security of police bodycams is terrible. Mitchell even realized that because he can remotely access device storage on models like the Fire Cam OnCall, an attacker could potentially plant malware on some of the cameras.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Blog Series: Alright boys, it’s time we have “The Talk”

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With a little more investigation, I found two browser extensions that were crypto mining, which fortunately uninstalled without a problem. My high schooler fessed up immediately that he installed the crypto mining extensions just to see what would happen (and to make some money).

Q&A: Here’s why Android users must remain vigilant about malicious apps, more so than ever

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Chrysaidos: In addition to evolving adware and spyware, bad actors in previous years tried to monetize through locking the mobile device, and then scaring the user into paying a ransom to unlock it – that kind of malware is called ransomware. Ransomware evolved into cryptomining, in which the device is stealthily used to participate in the mining of cryptocurrencies, with the coins delivered to the threat actor.

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How to Keep Your WFH Employees Safe From new Cybersecurity Attacks


A global pandemic is a gold mine for purveyors of phishing attacks, which are deceptive email messages that contain malicious links or attachments. Phishing is the cause of nearly half of all breaches and more than 90% of ransomware infections, and recipients anxious for financial and healthcare advice are considered prime targets.

Hackers abuse BitBucket to infect 500K+ hosts with arsenal of malware

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The arsenal of attackers includes data stealers, cryptocurrency miners, and ransomware, that literally hit victims from all sides. STOP Ransomware : The STOP Ransomware is used to ransom the file system and is based on an open source ransomware platform.

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in February 2018

IT Governance

Instead, cyber criminals seem to have shifted their focus to ransomware. Ransomware works because it relies on users’ lax security practices. Cyber attack and ransomware. Ransomware attacks hit two Ontario children’s aid societies. City accountant hit in suspected ransomware attack. SamSam ransomware infects Colorado Department of Transportation. County computers shut down by ransomware. Voter, Bee databases hit with ransomware attack.

MY TAKE: Why DDoS weapons will proliferate with the expansion of IoT and the coming of 5G

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They are also extending their malicious activities beyond DDoS attacks to also spread ransomware, crypto mine and burrow deep into large enterprises. A couple of high-profile distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks will surely go down in history as watershed events – each for different reasons. Related: IoT botnets now available for economical DDoS blasts.

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SHARED INTEL: Here’s one way to better leverage actionable intel from the profusion of threat feeds

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Or it could be a botnet node carrying out tasks to destroy or exfiltrate data; or to put the attacker in a position to take over industrial controls, or to encrypt targeted assets as part of a ransomware caper. “We Many hosts within the network can be infected and it may not show up, but we’re able to identify the identify the host’s IP address that might be, say, exfiltrating data or performing other malicious acts such as crypto mining, etc.”

Experts saw 100k+ daily brute-force attacks on RDP during COVID-19 lockdown

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Threat actors, especially ransomware operators, intensified their operations attempting to brute-force Windows remote desktop service to access target organizations. ESET researchers also said the attackers also attempt to exploit RDP connections to try to install coin-mining malware or create a backdoor. Researchers revealed that the number of daily brute-force attacks on Windows RDP has doubled during the pandemic lockdown.