A new research has recently warned that cryptocurrency mining malware menace continues to target major corporations for mining Monero. Also, according to findings from Special Ops team at United States cybersecurity company JASK, a modified version of trojan Shellbot has gained infamy since it’s debut in November last year.
Further, the perpetrators, as per the company , appear to be a Romanian hacker group popularly known as Outlaw
“The toolkit observed […] in use by the attacker contains three primary components: IRC (Internet Relay Chat) botware for Command and Control (C2), a revenue stream via Monero mining, and a popular scan and brute force tool, haiduc,”
Linux Users at Risk
The latest threat is a lurking threat to users of devices running Linux. As a matter of fact, in mid-January, a research from Palo Alto Networks found another Monero-mining malware targeting Linux users. Moreover, the malware had the ability to disable cloud-based security measures to avoid detection. Furthermore, malware detections shot up almost 500 percent in the first half of 2018. Also, a survey in August 2018 claims that in the United Kingdom over half of businesses had been affected by cryptojacking at some point.
In addition, this year, separate statistics suggest that around 4.4 percent of all Monero(XMR ) in circulation came from nefarious sources.