30 Nov '13, 11pm

Don't Install Crap ! Bitcoin Mining malware bundled with Potentially Unwanted Programs

Don't Install Crap ! Bitcoin Mining malware bundled with Potentially Unwanted Programs

The increasing public attention of Bitcoin did not go unnoticed by Cyber Criminals who have begun unleashing Bitcoin Mining malware. Security researchers at Malwarebytes warned about a new malware threat, in which Bitcoin Miners are bundled with third party potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that come bundled with legitimate applications. Malware allow cybercriminals to utilize systems' computing resources for their own gain. "This type of system hijacking is just another way for advertising based software to exploit a user into getting even more cash. " The malware is found to be using ‘jhProtominer ’ a popular mining software that runs via the command line, to abuse the CPUs and GPUs of infected computers to generate Bitcoins. Upon further investigation Malwarebytes found that the parent of the Bitcoin miner was “monitor.exe ”, a part of YourFreeProxy application, whic...

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