18 Apr '13, 12pm

Cyberthugs put YOUR PC to work as Bitcoin-mining SLAVE

The recent crash in the value of Bitcoins hasn't prevented cybercriminals from cooking up new ways to distribute malware engineered to mine the currency using compromised computers. Security researchers at ThreatTrack Security have uncovered examples where the infamous Blackhole exploit kit is being used to distribute a variant of the Fareit information-stealing Trojan onto Windows PCs. Of course, Fareit has other capabilities besides slurping sensitive information from compromised PCs and sending it back to a remote server. It can also use your computer as a node in a DDoS attack. But some variants also download an additional file onto a compromised PC, save it to a temporary directory, and then execute it, using your PC for its compute power (and hiking up those energy bills). This is the part that interests the Bitcoin baddies. The malware-flingers are using Fareit to s...

Full article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/18/bitcoin_mining_bl...

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