30 Nov '13, 11am

Bitcoin Miner Bundled in Advertising-Based Software #ccureit

Bitcoin Miner Bundled in Advertising-Based Software #ccureit

Bitcoin mining software has been detected to be part of third party applications inadvertently installed by users together with legitimate applications. Following a request for assistance from one of their users, Malwarebytes discovered recently that some third party programs, generically called PUPs or PUAs (potentially unwanted programs/applications), integrate bitcoin mining software that is deployed on the user’s system. Most of the times digital hammering of bitcoins is carried out surreptitiously, without user’s consent. However, according to Malwarebytes in this case it appears that the procedure is stipulated in the EULA (end user license agreement) of the advertising company that installs the mining utility with the legitimate software the user actually wants to use. Bitcoin mining requires plenty of system resources and the outcome on a regular computer is blottl...

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