As we anticipated in our series of blog posts highlighting the growing use of DIY/subscription based stealth Bitcoin miners, cybercriminals continue populating this newly emerged market segment, with new, undetected, cryptor-friendly stealth Bitcoin mining tools. This is being done to empower fellow cybercriminals with the necessary tools to help them monetize the malware-infected hosts that they either already have access to, or intend to purchase through one of the, ubiquitous for the cybercrime ecosystem, malware-infected hosts as a service type of underground market propositions. In post, I’ll discuss the existence of yet another DIY stealth Bitcoin mining tool, in particular how […]
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Cybercriminals continue releasing new, commercially available, stealth Bitcoin/Litecoin mining tools, empowering novice cybercriminals with the ability to start monetizing the malware-infected hosts part of their botnets, or the ones they have access to which they’ve purchased through a third-party malware-infected hosts selling service. What’s so special about the latest mining tool that popped up on our radar? Let’s find out. More details:
A recently released subscription-based SHA256/Scrypt supporting stealth DIY Bitcoin mining tool is poised to empower cybercriminals with advanced Bitcoin mining capabilities to be used on the malware-infected hosts that they have direct access to, or have purchased through a boutique cybercrime-friendly E-shop selling access to hacked PCs. Let’s take a peek at the DIY Bitcoin mining tool, and discuss some of its core features.
Thanks to the buzz generated over the widespread adoption of the decentralized P2P based E-currency, Bitcoin, we continue to observe an overall increase in international underground market propositions that accept it as means for fellow cybercriminals to pay for the goods/services that they want to acquire. In this post, I’ll profile yet another recently launched E-shop selling access to thousands of malware-infected hosts, which compared to the previous E-shops that we’ve profiled, is directly promoting the use of ransomware, click fraud facilitating bots and bitcoin mining tools on the malware-infected hosts purchased through the service. More details:
By Dancho Danchev Just as we anticipated in our previous analysis of a commercially available Bitcoin miner, cybercriminals continue “innovating” on this front by releasing more advanced and customizable invisible Bitcoin miners for fellow cybercriminals to take advantage of. In this post, we’ll profile yet another invisible Bitcoin miner, once again available for purchase on the international cybercrime-friendly marketplace, emphasize on its key differentiation features, as well as provide MD5s of known miner variants. More details:
By Dancho Danchev Bitcoin, the digital peer-to-peer based currency, is an attractive target for cybercriminals, who persistently look for new monetization tactics to apply to their massive, but easily generated botnets. Not surprisingly, thanks to the buzz surrounding it, fraudulent Internet actors have begun to look for efficient ways to take advantage of the momentum. A logical question emerges – how are market oriented cybercriminals capitalizing on the digital currency? Instead of having to personally infect tens of thousands of hosts, some take advantage of basic pricing schemes such subscription-based pricing, and have others do all the infecting, with them securing a […]
By Adam McNeil With all the recent media coverage and extreme changes of the BitCoin value, it should come as no surprise that malware authors are trying to capitalize on the trends. These people attempt to make money on all sorts of digital transactions and it’s probably a safe bet to expect their rapid expansion into the up-and-coming Digital Currency market. The Webroot Threat Research Department has already seen many malware campaigns targeting BitCoin users. The recent explosion (and subsequent implosion) of the BitCoin value has expedited the need for custom compiled BitCoin harvesters and the malware authors are happy […]