Venezuelan miners must register with authorities

Registration for miners is the first step of big legal framework for cryptocurrencies in Venezuela
14 December 2017   222

Due to hyperinflation and financial crysis, cryptocurrency and mining had become very popular in Venezuela. And as we all know, when cryptocurrency becomes popular in any country, governments always try to regulate, as they see it. Venezuela is not an exception. 

The Venezuelan government is working on the legal framework to tax and regulate cryptocurrency mining. As a first step, it is trying to create a detailed registry of the country's miners. Carlos Vargas, recently appointed as the first "superintendent of Venezuelan cryptocurrency" by President Nicolás Maduro, announced the plan at a press conference on Tuesday. This is reported by the Crypto Noticias. 

We want to know who they are, we want to know where they are, we want to know what equipment they are using. 
 

Carlos Vargas

Venezuelan Government

Additionally, Venezuelan police have continued arresting cryptocurrency miners.

On December 9, a police team raided a warehouse in the city of Barquisimeto, seizing 21 mining computers and arresting 31-year-old Daniel Andrés Di Bartolomeo Viloria. He was accused of money laundering, illicit enrichment, computer crimes, financing terrorism, exchange fraud, and damage to the national electric system.

Digital currency is not endorsed by any banking institution in the world nor has it been approved by any country. The currency is being marketed with legal appearance but in essence it operates in secret.
 

Venezuelan Police Statement

Proponents of the new registry say it will create a way for bitcoin miners to operate with legal protections.

Crypto-mining malware has infected 23% of global organizations

An increasing threat gets challenging as the malware is put hidden in websites
19 February 2018   55

Check Point alarms the world of a steadily growing threat of crypto-mining malware. A leading provider of cyber security globally has compiled a list of top 10 prevalent threats. The first is Coinhive that during January 2018 has affected approximately 23 percent of organizations worldwide. Using Javascript the malware is implanted into website and with each user browsing the dangerous code drains users’ CPU and GPU resources to mine Monero cryptocurrency with their approval.

Over the past three months crypto-mining malware has steadily become an increasing threat to organizations, as criminals have found it to be a lucrative revenue stream

 

Maya Horowitz

Threat Intelligence Group Manager, Check Point

Ranked second is a malware Fireball. it is reported that as much as 21% of those organizations infected by the malware are yet to deal with the issue. The most serious point about Fireball is that the malware has a real potential to be transformed into a fully-fledged malware downloader capable of executing any code on the victim’s machine. The third rank was given to Rig Exploit Kit with 17% affected organizations globally.

As the popularity of the virtual currencies grows, so does the distribution was and methods of the associated malware. Usually, the exploit is injected in popular media websites, as reported by Cyberscoop of media outlet Salon using its own ad-blocker as a hidden tool for mining Monero. On top of that, last week Kaspersky Lab. reported of a zero-day vulnerability of Telegram desktop client. The vulnerability makes users to download a hidden malware, that potentially can be a mining code. This threat is reported to be active since March, 2017.

Another notable instance of an infection was reported by UK about a plugin for blind people Browsealoud.