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Font of pwnage: Crims poison well with crypto-jacking code, trickles into PDF editor app

Crooks mounted a crypto-mining scam after hacking into a supplier of an unnamed PDF editor software vendor. Microsoft has reported that as-yet-unidentified hackers compromised some font packages installed by a PDF editor app. The hack was used to push two types of crypto-currency mining app, the cybercrime du jour. Redmond's …
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2018
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Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies

The number of organisations affected by cryptomining malware in the first half of 2018 ramped up to 42 per cent, compared to 20.5 per cent in the second half of 2017, according to a new report from Check Point. The top three most common malware variants seen in the first half of 2018 were all cryptominers: Coinhive (25 per …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2018

Ubuntu sends crypto-mining apps out of its store and into a tomb

Admins of the Ubuntu Store have pulled all apps from a developer who signed himself "Nicholas Tomb", and from his e-mail signature apparently wanted to crypto-mine himself into a Ferrari. Mr Tomb's "2048buntu" and "Hextris" applications are now absent from the store, with their removal sparked by a GitHub comment about the …

Power spike leads Chinese police to 600-machine mining rig

Chinese media is reporting the seizure of 600 Bitcoin miners in the northern municipality of Tianjin, on the grounds of electricity theft. Coin mining is a popular activity in China, but like so many places, those operating big mining rigs find the rivers of gold dammed by high electricity prices. The Digiconomist Bitcoin …
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AMD CEO Su: We like GPU crypto-miners but gamers are first priority

AMD CEO Lisa Su was in ebullient form on Wednesday when her company reported better-than-expected growth in the first quarter of 2018, and forecast a strong year for the chip design firm. "This is our third straight quarter of revenue growth," she told financial analysts on a conference call. "Our strong first quarter …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2018
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Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers

Hackers have compromised hundreds of e-commerce sites running the popular open-source Magento platform to scrape credit card numbers and install crypto-mining malware. The Magento sites are being compromised through brute-force attacks using common and known default Magento credentials, threat intel firm Flashpoint has warned …
John Leyden, 3 Apr 2018
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Block blocked: Google to banish cryptominers from Chrome Web Store

Google will throw cryptocurrency-mining extensions out of its Chrome Web Store after finding so many were badly behaved. From Monday, no more add-ons that churn out fun bucks will be added to the cyber-store's shelves, and by July, those listed in the code bazaar will be removed. The ads giant allowed plugins onto the browser …
Iain Thomson, 2 Apr 2018
Nvidia GeForce

Looking to nab Nvidia's GeForce chips? You need cash and patience

Tech companies are suffering setbacks from the shortage of Nvidia’s GPUs, with the GeForce series being hit the hardest. Following his keynote speech at his biz's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang explained to journalists that it was down to intense Ethereum mining. Vendors working at …
Katyanna Quach, 30 Mar 2018
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Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up. Mayor Colin Read and the city council of Plattsburgh this month signed off on a measure to place an 18-month moratorium on any new industrial-scale crypto-coin crafting operations …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Mar 2018
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Crooks opt for Monero as crypto of choice to launder ill-gotten gains

Crooks are increasingly turning to Monero over Bitcoin, according to a new study on the economics of cybercrime. "Platforms like Monero are designed to be truly anonymous, and tumbler services like CoinJoin can [further] obscure transaction origins," said Dr Mike McGuire, senior lecturer in criminology at Surrey University and …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2018

CryptoLurker hacker crew skulk about like cyberspies, earn $$$

A sophisticated mystery hacker group is using tactics more familiar to the world of cyber espionage to earn millions through mining malware. Kaspersky Lab researchers report that cybercrooks have begun using infection methods and techniques borrowed from targeted attacks in order to install mining software. The most …
John Leyden, 6 Mar 2018

Miner vs miner: Attack script seeks out and destroys competing currency crafters

Cryptocurrency-mining malware-scum have started to write code that evicts rivals from compromised computers. The miner in question was first noticed by SANS Internet Storm Center handler Xavier Mertens. Mertens spotted the PowerShell script on March 4, and noting that it kills any other CPU-greedy processes it spots on target …

Cryptocurrency miners go nuclear, RSA blunder, Winner back in court, and plenty more

Roundup Here's a quick summary of infosec news from this week, beyond what we've already covered. Cloud security shop Cyren surveyed 500,000 websites over the past four months, and said it saw a 725 per cent increase in the use of surreptitious crypto-coin mining code. The bulk of that code has shown up in the past two months, and it' …
Iain Thomson, 4 Mar 2018
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Opt-in cryptomining script Coinhive 'barely used' say researchers

Few sites are bothering to use the opt-in version of Coinhive, the controversial ride-along JavaScript crypto-mining package that requires end-users' consent to run. So said security firm Malwarebytes in an analysis emitted on Monday, but Coinhive developers disputed those findings and argued that a third of cryptomining-using …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2018
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Shock horror! Telegram messaging app proves insecure yet again!

Telegram has fixed a security flaw in its desktop app that hackers spent several months exploiting to install remote-control malware and cryptocurrency miners on vulnerable Windows PCs. The programming cockup was spotted by researchers at Kaspersky in October. It is believed miscreants have been leveraging the bug since at …
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2018
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Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs

For the past few years, ransomware has been a bane of computer users. These software nasties infect PCs, scramble files, and demand payment in cryptocurrency to restore the documents. Those cryptocurrencies are a right faff to get hold of and transfer to miscreants at short notice. And there's no guarantee crooks will hand …
Iain Thomson, 1 Feb 2018
Oracle

And Oracle E-biz suite makes 3: Package also vulnerable to exploit used by cryptocurrency miner

A third Oracle enterprise package has been patched against a crypto-mining exploit. Security outfit Onapsis warns that Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is vulnerable to the cryptocurrency miner exploit that was recently used to hack Oracle's PeopleSoft and WebLogic servers. Campaigns based on these security shortcomings have …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2018

Oracle WebLogic hole primed to pump Monero

An Oracle WebLogic vulnerability fixed in October last year is being exploited on unpatched machines to mine Monero, a cryptocurrency, and other lesser-known imaginary coins. Writing for the the SANS Technology Institute, Renato Marinho, chief research officer at Morphus Labs, on Monday said a recently disclosed software bug …

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