New crypto mining malware attacks Linux

The new cryptocurrency mining malware attacks Linux using Minergate’s Monero Pool
25 August 2017   2344

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.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   99

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.