ADB.miner Infected 7400 Android Devices

New hidden XMR miner uses the components of the code of the Mirai botnet
06 February 2018   1185

Qihoo 360 researchers discovered a new botnet ADB.miner. It attacks Android and mines Monero using infected devices. The number of infected devices has already reached almost 7.4 thousand, Bleeping Computer reports.

The first botnet attacks occurred on Saturday, February 3. According to experts, ADB.miner uses the components of the code of the Mirai botnet, which attacked large websites in 2016. Botnet looks for open debug ports, in particular port 5555, which provides access to key functions of the Android system. Penetrating the device, the malicious program forces it to mine the Monero cryptocurrency.

Port 5555
Port 5555

40% of the victims of ADB.miner are in China and 30% in South Korea.

The number of scan [sources] has doubled every 12 [hours]. We will see how big this botnet gets.

Yiming Gong

Director, Network Security Research Lab at Qihoo 360

Researchers emphasize, the danger threatens all devices on the Android OS - from smartphones to smart technology.

At the moment of press, ADB.miner generated around $0.04 worth XMR.

ADB.miner Founds
ADB.miner Founds

It is not the first hidden miner, that mines XMR. Monero attracts hackers due to high anonymity level. In May 2017, researchers at GuardiCore found a BondNet botnet out of 15,000 servers that were used to mine the XMR and bring the operator up to $ 1,000 a day. 

Confirmed: Ledger Hardware Wallet to Support Monero

Riccardo Spagni, a member of Monero Core Team, confirmed that Monero will be supported in Ledger hardware wallet
12 April 2018   261

In September of 2017 we have reported about GitHub page from LedgerHQ called blue-app-monero, according to which on Monday, September 4, the process of integration of Monero in Ledger and Blue Ledger Nano S has begun. Now we can certainly say that Monero will be supported in Ledger hardware wallet, as that was confirmed by Riccardo Spagni, a member of Monero Core Team.

...We have to do a bunch of work for it and it becomes painful. We've seen it with Ledger. It has taken a year to get Monero support on Ledger and that's only really coming together now. And it is because of the amount of work and effort that is needed to go into doing that.

Riccardo Spagni

Riccardo Spagni was talking about Monero and privacy on Doug Polk Podcast on April 9, 2018. The member of Monero Core Team said that Monero is already on Ledger, and there are some commits being performed to fix a couple of small issues. He stated that the official Ledger support will go live alongside the Monero 0.12.1 release. Moreover, Riccardo Spagni said some words about Trezor support, stating that Trezor team is currently working on it.

I think that Ledger has kind of blazed the way, there is a lot of stuff that Trezor can suck in from that.

Riccardo Spagni

What is more, he stated that there is a group in Monero community that is also building a hardware wallet which is based on the Trezor's schematics. We believe that it is great news for Monero community as the privacy coin will be finally officially supported on hardware wallet Ledger.