New Hidden Miner Can "Kill" Its "Competitors"

New hidden miner discovered by the researcher has a built-in "kill list" of "competitors"
06 March 2018   1625

The researchers found the first hidden cryptocurrency miner, containing the "kill list", that  "kills" the processes of other miners in an attempt to capture all the power of the computer. This is reported by Bleeping Computer.

Malware was discovered by researcher Xavier Mertens of ICS Sans. In addition to the curious function, it does not differ from the many existing miners that were distributed this year, when the attackers switched from ransomware to a new type of attack.

Unlike competitors, the author of the miner realized that this market is becoming rather crowded, and infecting a device that does not already have several similar viruses becomes more and more difficult, which is why they have to fight for the power of the CPU and GPU.

To solve this problem, the author analyzed what miners most often infect devices, and compiled a list of system processes under the guise of which viruses act.

When such a trojan gets on the computer, it checks the running processes and, in case of detection of names from the list, stops them.

According to Mertens, experts in the field of cybersecurity can use the work done by the author of the virus to detect infected computers.

It's worth noting that this is not the first trojan containing the function "kill list", but none of them was designed for crypto currency mining.

Giant Mining Solar Powered Farm to Created in California

Plouton Mining will allocate solar panels on 49 acres and it's planned they should generate about 10-13 megawatts per day, working for an average of 12 hours
26 June 2019   54

Plouton Mining, a subsidiary of Plouton Group Holding, intends to open the largest Bitcoin farm in North America for mining, whose operations will be provided by solar energy. To this end, the firm chose a territory in the western part of the Mojave Desert, California.

Plouton Mining will place solar panels on 49 acres: they should generate about 10-13 megawatts per day, working for an average of 12 hours. The company stressed that Western Mojave receives sunlight for 70% of the year.

The company will also sign the necessary contracts with local electricity suppliers in order to operate the farm in the absence of solar radiation.

Meanwhile, the bitcoin hashrate has again updated the historical maximum at 66.666 EX / s.