Gigabyte unveiled new mining GPU

Gigabyte P104-100 4G has 1920 CUDA cores with an operating frequency from 1607 to 1733 MHz and no video outputs
27 December 2017   854

Great stir around the cryptocurrency mining pushed Gigabyte Technology to release specialized GPU P104-100 4G (GV-NP104D5X-4G). The novelty was created on the basis of the cut-down version of the Nvidia GP104 crystal, it has no video outputs and is equipped with four gigabytes of GDDR5X memory with a 256-bit bus.

Gigabyte GV-NP104D5X-4G Gigabyte GV-NP104D5X-4G 
Gigabyte GV-NP104D5X-4G Gigabyte GV-NP104D5X-4G 
Gigabyte GV-NP104D5X-4G Gigabyte GV-NP104D5X-4G 
 

Gigabyte P104-100 4G has 1920 CUDA cores with an operating frequency from 1607 to 1733 MHz, and the effective frequency of the video memory is 10010 MHz. The device has the branded cooler WindForce 3X for cooling, consisting of an aluminum radiator, permeated with three heat pipes, and three 90-mm fans. The power subsystem is 8 + 2 phase, and to connect an additional source one 8-pin connector is used.

The warranty service period of the new product is three months only, while a three-year warranty is provided for similar GeForce GTX series video cards. The recommended cost and the release date of the accelerator Gigabyte P104-100 4G were not announced.

Microsoft Word Has Mining Vulnerability, Votiro Says

According to researhers, vulnerability is caused by the new feature of Microsoft Word
22 February 2018   47

Java mining scripts for Monero can be run inside Word documents. This became possible thanks to a new feature that appeared in the latest versions of Microsoft Office products. It allows you to add text to the video using the iframe insertion code. The file itself does not become harder, because the view is done online. This is reporte by Block Tribune.

The problem was noticed by a researcher from the Israeli company Votiro Amit Dori. He writes that the video player is actually a disguised Internet Explorer browser that operates in an offline mode. In addition, Word allows you to insert links to any site on the Internet, even if it is not in the white list.

You can protect yourself by maintaining an up-to-date machine with all security patches and updates installed. Furthermore, if you spot a serious CPU rise while watching an online video in Word, be aware it might be an in-browser miner and close the video frame.
 

Amit Dori

Security researcher, Votiro

The scammer can place the video in his own domain, adding to it a Java-script for mining. It is worth the user to click on the playback, as the crypto miner starts to mine Monero, parasitizing on the power of its processor.