Government Websites Deliver Cryptocurrency Mining Code

Data Breach Today

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

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EVRAZ operations in North America disrupted by Ryuk ransomware

Security Affairs

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.

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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.

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

Security Affairs

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.

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. It’s likely IT and security teams won’t find the infection for months.

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

The Last Watchdog

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

Security Affairs

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.

Ransomware, Leakware, Scareware… Oh My!

Thales eSecurity

The unexplained and seemingly paranormal are actually a year-round phenomenon in IT Security. 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. Ransomware.

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

Security Affairs

Ransomware accounted for over half of all malicious mailings in H1 2019, Troldesh aka Shade being the most popular tool among cybercriminals. The report’s findings reveal that email remains the main method of delivering ransomware, banking Trojans, and backdoors.

Ransomware attacks drop as organizations raise defenses

Information Management Resources

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

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

The Last Watchdog

All too many companies lack a full appreciation of how vital it has become to proactively manage and keep secure “unstructured data.”. One reason for the enduring waves of ransomware is that unstructured data is easy for hackers to locate and simple for them to encrypt. Structured data can be human- or machine-generated, and is easily searchable information usually stored in a database, including names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, ZIP codes. Ransomware target.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 264

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Every week the best security articles from Security Affairs free for you in your email box. The post Security Affairs newsletter Round 264 appeared first on Security Affairs. A new round of the weekly SecurityAffairs newsletter arrived!

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

IT Governance

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.

Zyxel Fixes 0day in Network Storage Devices

Krebs on Security

Patch comes amid active exploitation by ransomware gangs. 12 from Alex Holden , founder of Milwaukee-based security firm Hold Security. “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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New XBash malware combines features from ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, botnets, and worms

Security Affairs

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.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 228

Security Affairs

The best news of the week with Security Affairs. At least 23 Texas local governments targeted by coordinated ransomware attacks. Employees abused systems at Ukrainian nuclear power plant to mine cryptocurrency. A new round of the weekly newsletter arrived!

Security Affairs newsletter Round 223 – News of the week

Security Affairs

The best news of the week with Security Affairs. Emsisoft released a free decryptor for the Ims00rry ransomware. DoppelPaymer, a fork of BitPaymer Ransomware, appeared in the threat landscape. Israel surveillance firm NSO group can mine data from major social media.

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.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 203 – News of the week

Security Affairs

The best news of the week with Security Affairs. B0r0nt0K ransomware demands $75,000 ransom to the victims. CoinHive Cryptocurrency Mining Service will shut down on March 8, 2019. Ransomware, Trojan and Miner together against PIK-Group.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 181 – News of the week

Security Affairs

The best news of the week with Security Affairs. New XBash malware combines features from ransomware, cryptocurrency miners, botnets, and worms. Ngrok Mining Botnet. Security Affairs – Newsletter ). A new round of the weekly SecurityAffairs newsletter arrived!

GUEST ESSAY: What your company should know about addressing Kubernetes security

The Last Watchdog

Related podcast: Securing software containers. As beneficial as Kubernetes is for orchestrating containerized environments, a maturing set of security best practices must be adhered to for enterprises to ensure that their applications and data are as safe as possible from emerging vulnerabilities and exploits. The recent Tesla crypto-mining attack used an unprotected Kubernetes console to gain access to the underlying servers. Extend container security.

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Security Affairs newsletter Round 173 – News of the week

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The best news of the week with Security Affairs. Security Affairs – Newsletter ). The post Security Affairs newsletter Round 173 – News of the week appeared first on Security Affairs. Breaking News Cybercrime Hacking malware Newsletter Pierluigi Paganini Security Affair

Security Affairs newsletter Round 175 – News of the week

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The best news of the week with Security Affairs. Security Affairs – Newsletter ). The post Security Affairs newsletter Round 175 – News of the week appeared first on Security Affairs. A new round of the weekly SecurityAffairs newsletter arrived!

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MY TAKE: Can ‘Network Traffic Analysis’ cure the security ills of digital transformation?

The Last Watchdog

If digital transformation, or DX , is to reach its full potential, there must be a security breakthrough that goes beyond legacy defenses to address the myriad new ways threat actors can insinuate themselves into complex digital systems. NTA refers to using advanced data mining and security analytics techniques to detect and investigate malicious activity in traffic moving between each device and on every critical system in a company network.

Hackers are scanning the internet for vulnerable Salt installs, Ghost blogging platform hacked

Security Affairs

A few days ago, researchers from F-Secure disclosed a number of vulnerabilities in the “Salt” framework, including two issues that could be exploited by attackers to take over Salt installations. Administrators should install the available security updates to protect their installs.

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How to Keep Your WFH Employees Safe From new Cybersecurity Attacks


Typically, only work issued laptops and mobile devices are authorized to access an organization’s network unless the user has an approved security exception. LastPass’s 2019 Global Password Security Report found that 57% now use it, up from 45% just a year ago.

French Police remotely disinfected 850,000 PCs from RETADUP bot

Security Affairs

Most of the infected systems were located in Latin America, more than 85% of victims did not have any security software installed. Since it was the C&C server’s responsibility to give mining jobs to the bots, none of the bots received any new mining jobs to execute after this takedown.”

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

Security Affairs

The arsenal of attackers includes data stealers, cryptocurrency miners, and ransomware, that literally hit victims from all sides. ” Attackers abuse legitimate online storage platforms to bypass security products due to the trust given to legitimate online services.

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

Thales eSecurity

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).

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.

Graboid the first-ever Cryptojacking worm that targets Docker Hub

Security Affairs

Security experts at Palo Alto Networks discovered a worm dubbed Graboid that spreads using Docker containers. It installs the worm on the first target, stops the miner on the second target, and starts the miner on the third target, leading to a very random mining behavior.

List of data breaches and cyber attacks in August 2019 – 114.6 million records leaked

IT Governance

Internet hosting provider Hostinger resets users’ passwords after security breach (14 million). French police ‘neutralize’ Monero mining virus as it spreads worldwide (850,000). Ransomware. Ransomware strain targets German organisations, wipes files (unknown).

Hacking Police Bodycams

Schneier on Security

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.

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. Cyber Security

Microsoft warns of more disruptive BlueKeep attacks and urges patch installation

Security Affairs

” A new wave of attacks could exploit the vulnerability to spread more dangerous and destructive malware, like ransomware or spyware. Read our latest blog w/ assist from @GossiTheDog & @MalwareTechBlog [link] — Microsoft Security Intelligence (@MsftSecIntel) November 7, 2019.

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

The Last Watchdog

I had the chance to sit down with Nikolaos Chrysaidos (pictured), head of mobile threat intelligence and security at Avast, to drill down on the wider context of the helpful findings 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.

Australian Govt agency ACSC warns of Emotet and BlueKeep attacks

Security Affairs

The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) warns businesses and netizens of Emotet and BlueKeep attacks in the wild. “There are two concerning cyber security threats in the wild.

Experts spotted P2P worm spreading Crypto-Miners in the wild

Security Affairs

Figure 4: Evicends of the mining routine. Stratum is the de-facto standard protocol used by crypto-miners to connect to mining pools. Figure 5: Connection routine to the mining server.

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

The Last Watchdog

His blog, Krebs on Security , was knocked down alright. It’s easy to do when there are six million open DNS resolvers on the internet using poor security practices.”. This attacker easily located IoT devices that used the manufacturers’ default security setting. And then deployed this IoT botnet to bombard Krebs on Security – and ended up taking out Dyn as collateral damage. CoAP already is being discussed in security circles as the next big DDoS scaling tool.

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