06 Apr '13, 1pm

New Bitcoin mining Skype malware spreading at 2,000 clicks per hour

New Bitcoin mining Skype malware spreading at 2,000 clicks per hour

Bitcoins are all the rage at the minute, having garnered a value of over $140 per coin. The decentralised, Internet-based global currency has exploded in recent months due to fears over the existing world currency, especially in places like Europe. Anyone can "mine" for Bitcoins using a PC, but a large amount of power is required to successfully mine in large quantities. A new piece of malware has been found that is spreading through Skype that uses the infected computers to mine for Bitcoins and then make the owner of the malware money. Discovered on Thursday night by security firm Kaspersky , the malware is named "Trojan.Win32.Jorik.IRCbot.xkt," and is spreading at an alarming rate. The malware is thought to have started in Europe, with the worst hit places including Italy, Russia, Poland, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, and Ukraine. The average clicking rates have hit aroun...

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