Two Russians have been charged with mining cryptocurrencies on government computers, an activity that has affected airports, oil companies and more in Russia.
Two developers of cryptojacking malware from Romania have been sentenced to two decades in prison each. They infected over 400,000 computers and over $4M.
Dexphot is special in that it quietly keeps itself alive by reinfecting machines on a regular basis.
In their efforts to find new ways to attack their victims, attackers are now hiding cryptojacking malware in a WordPress plugin.
The latest campaign involves hiding malware in WAV audio files which can mine crypto and give access to the victim’s computer.
The cryptojacking worm, known as Graboid, uses host computers to mine for privacy coin Monero, while spreading itself on to other systems.
McAfee Labs confirmed the rise in cryptojacking campaigns, indicating that cryptojacking malware had shot up by 29% in the first quarter of 2019.
It appears one man may have organized a conspiracy involving thousands to cryptojack internet cafes in his province.
Firefox 69 will have cryptomining protection turned on by default, protecting Firefox users from third party mining attacks in the first instance.