Trend Micro researchers have discovered a new malware that mines the Monero cryptocurrency on users' devices, reports ZDNet.
Most of all, a new malware miner called BlackSquid is popular in Thailand and the United States. The maleware is distributed through malicious websites, compromised web servers, network drives, and USB drives. BlackSquid uses EternalBlue, DoublePulsar, server vulnerabilities CVE-2014-6287, CVE-2017-12615, CVE-2017-8464 and errors in the ThinkPHP web application.
BlackSquid uses various tricks to keep the program unnoticed. For example, if a program detects that it was running in a virtualization environment, or finds debugging tools, then the malicious functions will not be activated.
Unnoticed, the malware installs the XMRig mining script. The attack does not end there - the program also scans the system for the a video card in order to extract coins more efficiently. After infecting one computer on the network, the virus tries to spread to other systems.