08 Apr '13, 9am

Trojan turns your PC into Bitcoin mining slave

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 on 4 April and spreading via Skype -- that takes control of infected machines and forces them to do what is 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. On 4 April, the Trojan was spreading via Skype messages. In one Spanish message obtained by Kaspersky, the Trojan was supposed to be a "favourite" picture...

Full article: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/8/bitcoin-trojan

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