Monero Malware Botnet Is Lurking Behind Pics Of Taylor Swift

Monero is in the spotlight again concerning new malware.

There’s a new report that’s been published that reveals a relentless crypto mining botnet that is lurking behind some weird content such as JPEG images of Taylor Swift.

New mining botnet is resistant to detection

Cointelegraph reveals that the botnet best known as MyKings (alternatively as DarkCloud or Smominru) — has been active since back 2016, according to a news release from Gabor Szappanos at SophosLabs.

The botnet received the bootkit functionality, which makes it more resistant to detection and effective removal.

The report offers a full overview of the botnet’s operations which is characterized as a “relentlessly redundant [i.e. repetitive] attacker” that attacks mostly Windows-based services that hosts database management systems such as MqSQL and MS-SQL, network protocols such as Telnet, and even servers running CCTV camera storage.

It’s been also revealed that the creators of the botnet seem to prefer open-source or other public domain software and they are highly skilled at enhancing source code to insert custom components that can execute attacks and perform automated update processes.

We recommend that you head over to Cointelegraph’s original article in order to read more details.

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Monero in the news

Monero made headlines not to long ago in relation to another issue regarding mining.

Researchers are Trend Micro have noticed that there’s a new technique called Process Hollowing that is used for mining Monero.

This was reportedly implemented by hackers since back in November, and it was targeted at users in Kuwait, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, and Pakistan.

In terms of pricing, Monero is trading in the green today, just like other most important digital assets.

The privacy-oriented coin is priced at $47.02 at the moment of writing this article.

Despite the volatility of the market, the optimistic predictions regarding prices continue.


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