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.

If you would like more information, please contact Ryan Carter at rcarter@manersolutions.com

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