The exploit of the US National Security Agency (NSA) allowed the botnet virus Smominru, which mines XMR, to infect more than 526,000 personal computers. This is reported by Hacker News.
Researchers from the Proofpoint cybersecurity company, discovered a new global botnet called Smominru, also known as Ismo. It mines the Monero crypto currency using the EternalBlue exploit, which was allegedly developed by the NSA.
The EternalBlue exploit leaked into the network as a result of the actions of the hackers group Shadow Brokers, which is also responsible for the creation of the WannaCry ransomware.
The operators of this botnet are persistent, use all available exploits to expand their botnet, and have found multiple ways to recover after sinkhole operations. Given the significant profits available to the botnet operators and the resilience of the botnet and its infrastructure, we expect these activities to continue, along with their potential impacts on infected nodes.
The botnet Smominru infects computers since May 2017 and daily mines around 24 XMR. To date, the botnet managed to mine around 8900 XMR for a total of $ 2.1 million. The largest number of PCs infected with Smominru are from Russia, India and Taiwan.
The target of cybercriminals was a vulnerable version of Windows. They also used another NSA exploit called EsteemAudit.
According to the Hacker News, experts noted that the infrastructure for managing Smominru was detected on the service of protection against DDoS attacks SharkTech, but from its representatives to receive an answer so far failed.