Category: malware

New York City College Struck by Ransomware, $1.9 Million in Bitcoin Demanded

Munroe College in Manhattan has been hit by a ransomware attack that has shut down the college’s computer systems. The hackers are demanding 170 bitcoin (BTC), which is roughly $1.9 million. The malware infection came to light on the morning of July 10, but the specifications of the infection are […]

Ransomware: Another U.S. City Pays Hackers Over $500k in Bitcoin  

The leaders of Lake City, a city of less than 70,000 people, located in central north Florida’s Columbia County, have paid the sum of 42 bitcoin (about $523k at press time ) to the hackers who orchestrated the catastrophic ransomware attack that totally crippled the area’s online processes two weeks […]

Bad Actors Hijack Ukraine’s Government System to Mine Monero 

Hackers have planted cryptocurrency mining malware on the computers of the Ukrainian State Judicial Administration (SJA), secretly minting privacy-centric monero (XMR) altcoin for over six months, reports Finance Magnates on June 24, 2019. Stealthy Cryptojacking Operation Uncovered  Per sources close to the matter, Ukrainian security personnel have discovered a secret […]

Hackers Planting Cryptocurrency Mining Malware on Android Smartphones

Hackers have found a way to exploit loopholes in open Android Debug Bridge (ADB) ports, a client-server program used in the development of Android applications, to mine blockchain-based digital assets. Once a device gets infected, the bad actors can spread the malware to connected devices via Secure Socket Shell (SSH), […]

Researchers Uncover Threat of ‘Unusual’ Virtual Machine Crypto Mining

Cybersecurity firm ESET has detected what it describes as an unusual and persistent cryocurrency miner distributed for macOS and Windows since August 2018. The news was revealed in a report from ESET Research published on June 20. According to ESET, the new malware, dubbed “LoudMiner,” uses virtualization software — VirtualBox […]

Report: Android Phishing Malware Impersonates Turkish Cryptocurrency Exchange

The cybersecurity company behind major antivirus software NOD32, ESET, reported on June 17 that new Android malware sidesteps Google’s SMS permissions restrictions to get hold of two-factor authentication (2FA) codes received via SMS. Per the report, some malicious apps are capable of accessing one-time-passwords sent to users via SMS by […]

Google tags Bitcoin Core software as ‘malware;’ developer fires back at Internet giant

Google, the Internet media giant, has come under a lot of flak from the crypto-community after its June 3 Google Core Update prompted the brief shutdown of a prominent crypto-news outlet. The Core Update saw the revenues and traffic of several crypto-news websites fall significantly. The latest criticism however, stems […]

Trend Micro: Outlaw Hacking Group’s Botnet Is Now Spreading a Monero Miner

Cybersecurity company Trend Micro claims to have detected a web address spreading a botnet featuring a monero (XMR) mining component alongside a backdoor. The malware was described on Trend Micro’s official blog on June 13. Per the report, the firm attributes the malware to Outlaw Hacking Group, as the techniques […]