BlackSquid Hidden Miner to Attack US & Thai PCs

The malware is distributed through malicious websites, compromised web servers, network drives, and USB drives; it uses different exploits and vulnerabilities
05 June 2019   539

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.

Bitmain to Launch Mining Centre in Texas

According to the company's plans, the farms capacity can reach 300 MW, which will make it the largest in the world
21 October 2019   30

Bitmain has completed the construction of a 50 MW mining center in Rockdale, Texas.

In the future, the farm's capacity can reach 300 MW, which will make it the largest in the world, according to Bitmain.

The company will create new jobs in the region. Together with local authorities, the company also organizes training for specialists in the field of blockchain technology and the maintenance of data centers.