05 Apr '13, 12am

Bitcoin-mining malware ENSLAVES computers

Dumb-as-a-post Bitcoin-mining malware has appeared – bringing further proof that the virtual currency's hyperbolic trajectory is attracting the sort of late-to-the-party shady speculator that telegraphs a jarring fall. The malware is currently spreading through a wide-ranging link poisoning campaign being run on Skype, a Kaspersky researcher wrote on Thursday. It is not the first Bitcoin-mining malware that has been detected , but its arrival coincides with a period of intense interest in the currency. Those who click the links are infected with a virus dropper downloaded from a server in India. Once the machine is infected, many other pieces of malware are sent to the computer from Hotfile.com. The malware concurrently connects with a command-and-control server in Germany. "So what does malware do? To be honest many things, but one of the most interesting is it turns the ...

Full article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/05/bitcoin_mining_ma...

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