05 Apr '13, 10pm

Trojan Turns Your PC Into Bitcoin Mining Slave

Maybe it’s a sign of the Bitcoin bubble. Criminals are trying to take control of PCs and turn them into Bitcoin miners. According to antivirus seller Kaspersky Lab , there’s a new Trojan — spotted just yesterday and spreading via Skype — that takes control of infected machines and forces them to do known as Bitcoin mining, a way of earning digital currency. The Bitcoin digital currency system rewards miners (in Bitcoins, natch) for their number-crunching work, which is essential to keeping the anonymous Bitcoin currency system working. With the Trojan, hackers are forcing others’ machines to earn them money, and it can really put a strain on these machines. Victims might notice that their CPU usage shoots sky high. Yesterday, the Trojan was spreading via Skype messages. In one Spanish message obtained by Kaspersky, the Trojan was supposed to be a “favorite” picture of the ...

Full article: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/04/bitcoin-trojan/

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