25 Sep '13, 10am

Cybercriminals Use Reveton Ransomware for Bitcoin Mining #InfoSec

Cybercriminals Use Reveton Ransomware for Bitcoin Mining #InfoSec

Security researchers have come across a new version of the Reveton ransomware that’s designed to help cybercriminals make a profit by engaging in Bitcoin mining. Most pieces of ransomware work the same way. They lock the infected computer’s screen and ask for the payment of a so-called fine to have it unlocked. If the victim agrees to pay the ransom, the crooks make a profit. If the victim refuses to pay, the attackers don’t make any money. However, the new Reveton malware analyzed by Malwarebytes researchers helps the cybercriminals make a profit regardless of whether or not the victim agrees to pay up. That’s because in addition to locking the screen, the threat also downloads and executes a Bitcoin miner. Experts say the malware was likely created by two different developers, one focusing on the lock screen functionality, and the other on the Bitcoin mining. Take a look...

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