Crypto-Hijacking: Is your computer or network slow? Maybe you’ve been “Jacked”!
Over the past year, we have seen an increase in successful attempts to hijack computers and network systems to mine crypto-currency on a global scale. As crypto currency values spiked over the past year criminals have been silently hijacking more systems to engage in the mining process.
Using Amazon Web Services (AWS), a command-and-control server installs two programs on infected machines: A legal valid copy of monero miner and a manager that connects to the server.
People accidentally install this malware on their computers by clicking a link in a “drive-by download.” This usually happens through an e-mail campaign, a compromised website that shows up in search results, or the malware may be bundled with other types of programs like freeware or shareware thru the use of Java script.
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