Hidden Miners to Attack IoT Devices More Often

McAffee Labs says hidden mining became one of the key dangers in cyberspace
20 December 2018   1412

According to the December report of McAfee Labs, for the year the growth of malware for hidden mining was 4467%. The experts also drew attention to the popularity of attacks aimed at mining on IoT devices.

In 2018, hidden mining became one of the key dangers in cyberspace. Only in the third quarter, the McAfee Labs team discovered about four million threats from miner viruses. In 2016 and 2017, the number of such threats did not exceed 500 thousand.

According to McAfee Labs, a vulnerability called CVE-2018-14847 infected more than 3,700 MikroTik routers in America and Brazil.

We would not usually think of using routers or IoT devices such as IP cameras or videorecorders as cryptominers because their CPUs are not as powerful as those in desktop and laptop computers. However, due to the lack of proper security controls, cybercriminals can benefit from volume over CPU speed. If they can control thousands of devices that mine for a long time, they can still make money.

Remco Verhoef

Security researcher, McAfee

In addition, McAfee Labs has discovered a new miner for Mac OS called OSX.Dummy. It is distributed through instant messaging chats and is hidden in the form of a program designed to solve "crypto problems".

Bitmain's Antminer S19 & S19 Pro to be Available

Antminer S19 with a hash rate of 95 TH/s costs $ 2180, and Antminer S19 Pro with a hashrate of 110 TH/s is $ 2920
23 March 2020   316

Bitmain, the largest manufacturer of mining equipment, has announced the launch of sales of new Antminer S19 and S19 Pro devices.

So far, new equipment will be available only in China, but the Bitmain team has announced the imminent launch of international sales.

The price of Antminer S19 with a hash rate of 95 TH / s is $ 2,180, and the Antminer S19 Pro with a hashrate of 110 TH / s costs $ 2,920.

According to the iHodl portal, the first batch of miners has already been sold out and buyers should receive their devices from May 11 to May 20.