ESET revealed a botnet for mining Monero from 35 thousand devices

ESET cybersecurity firm consultants found a beforehand unknown community of bots for hidden mining Monero (XMR). Since Could 2019, no less than 35 thousand devices have contaminated malware.

The corporate famous that mining XMR is the principle exercise of the botnet, together with one other dangerous load. Cryptocurrency mining is carried out by the XMRig miner, which makes use of as much as 90-99% of the CPU energy of computer systems.

The community, named by VictoryGate consultants, operates in Latin America, 90% of contaminated computer systems are situated in Peru.

In accordance with ESET, the principle vector of the assault was an infection by detachable USB devices. The malware executable information had been masked on contaminated media as icons and the scale of the supply information.

The corporate's specialists say that they had been in a position to principally disrupt the botnet. They famous that, in comparison with analogues, VictoryGate is significantly better at masking from detection.

Recall that final yr, McAfee Labs consultants famous a rise in assaults by hidden miners. Monero mining malware was detected in WordPress plugins, Docker containers, and even WAV audio information.

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