New crypto mining malware attacks Linux

The new cryptocurrency mining malware attacks Linux using Minergate’s Monero Pool
25 August 2017   1413

A cryptocurrency mining malware strikes again: the malware referred to as Linux.BTCMine.26 is actively distributed to Linux computers using default Telnet credentials. Despite its name, it does not mine Bitcoin but is interested in Monero, an altcoin which has recently surged in value after weeks of sideways trading action. Additionally, it only targets X86-64 and ARM hardware-based devices.

How it works?

The Linux.BtcMine.26 distribution scheme is pretty similar to the mechanism for infecting of Mirai. Thus, Linux.BtcMine.26 has a built-in Telnet scanner similar to the one found in the Mirai malware. For now, this scanner will only seek out IPv4 addresses, although IPv6 support may be added in the future. Once it finds a susceptible IP address, it will attempt to log in through a Telnet connection. Assuming this connection is made successfully, the malware will execute commands to download the BTCMine binary in question, themerkle.com reports.

Linux.BTCMine.26 mining malware code Linux.BTCMine.26 mining malware code

It's noteworthy, that the malware’s source code has many references to Brian Krebs, one of the industry leaders when it comes to infosec, as seems like there's a war going on between infosec journalists and cybercriminals. The code also reveals that the malware uses the Minergate XMR pool to successfully mine the cryptocurrency.

UCLA Blockchain Crypto Conference to be Held in LA

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers
17 February 2018   218

UCLA's Blockchain Lab and Far from LA are holding the Blockchain Cryptocurrency Conference, gathering together the most experienced and exciting thinkers across SoCal, in order to foster both economic and educational progress. The conference will concern cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain.

The UCLA Conference will be held on February 17-18 of 2018.

Location: The University of California, Humanities Building, 415 Portola Plaza, UCLA 90095, Los Angeles

The headline speakers will include Kathleen Breitman, the co-founder of Tezos; Sandra Ro from UWIN Lab; David Moss from EOS; Jeremy Rubin, the Bitcoin core developer, and many more.

The agenda of the conference is as follows: the future of blockchain keynote, bringing humanity to the blockchain, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, blockchain's influence on the development of art and culture, blockchain in the music industry, government adoption of blockchain around the world, and more.