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   197

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.

New Antminer S9SE to be Sold Out in Few Hours

Price of updated device is is $ 351, hashrate - 16 TH\s and power efficiencey is 80 J\TH
19 June 2019   81

The Chinese manufacturer of mining equipment Bitmain introduced a budget device for Bitcoin mining Antminer S9SE. New ASIC miners were sold out in few hours.

Antminer S9SE is more efficient than previous models of this line. It's hashrate is 16 TH/s and power efficiency is 80 J/TH. For example, for S9k, the hash rate is 13.5TH/s, for S9j - 14.5TH/s.

The company's website indicates that the price of the updated S9 is $ 351. The first batch was presented yesterday, June 18, but in a matter of hours sold out. The next delivery of devices is scheduled for July 21-31.

In early April, Bitmain introduced the high-performance Antminer 17 Series based on 7-nm chips.