European supercomputers hacked to mine cryptocurrency

Several high-performance computers working on COVID-19 research have been forced offline following a string of attacks. Multiple supercomputers across Europe that are working on COVID-19 research have been targeted by cryptocurrency-mining attacks over the past week. The reports of the incursions started pouring in last Monday, when supercomputers in the United Kingdom and Germany were among the … More European supercomputers hacked to mine cryptocurrency

ESET researchers disrupt cryptomining botnet VictoryGate

ESET researchers have recently discovered a previously undocumented botnet named VictoryGate. It has been active since at least May 2019, and is composed mainly of devices in Peru, where over 90% of the infected devices are located. The main activity of the botnet is mining Monero cryptocurrency. The victims include organizations in both public and … More ESET researchers disrupt cryptomining botnet VictoryGate

600,000 people affected in email provider breach

The users’ personal data are now up for grabs on the dark web for anywhere between US$3,500 and US$22,000 worth of Bitcoin. The personal details of more than 600,000 Email.it users have been stolen and put up for sale on the dark web. The incident surfaced on Sunday after the perpetrators took to Twitter to … More 600,000 people affected in email provider breach

Fleecing the onion: Darknet shoppers swindled out of bitcoins via trojanized Tor Browser

ESET researchers discover a trojanized Tor Browser distributed by cybercriminals to steal bitcoins from darknet market buyers. Utilizing a trojanized version of an official Tor Browser package, the cybercriminals behind this campaign have been very successful – so far their pastebin.com accounts have had more than 500,000 views and they were able to steal US$40,000+ … More Fleecing the onion: Darknet shoppers swindled out of bitcoins via trojanized Tor Browser

New ransomware attacking Android mobiles by tricking Reddit users

ESET researchers discover a new Android ransomware family that attempts to spread to victims’ contacts and deploys some unusual tricks. NOTE: Users with ESET Mobile Security receive a warning about the malicious link; should they ignore the warning and download the app, the security solution will block it. After two years of decline in Android … More New ransomware attacking Android mobiles by tricking Reddit users

LoudMiner: Cross-platform mining in cracked VST software

The story of a Linux miner bundled with pirated copies of VST (Virtual Studio Technology) software for Windows and macOS. Introduction LoudMiner is an unusual case of a persistent cryptocurrency miner, distributed for macOS and Windows since August 2018. It uses virtualization software – QEMU on macOS and VirtualBox on Windows – to mine cryptocurrency … More LoudMiner: Cross-platform mining in cracked VST software

Fake cryptocurrency apps crop up on Google Play as bitcoin price rises

ESET researchers have analyzed fake cryptocurrency wallets emerging on Google Play at the time of bitcoin’s renewed growth. May 2019 has seen bitcoin growing, with its price climbing to its highest points since September 2018. Not surprisingly, cybercrooks were quick to notice this development and started upping their efforts in targeting cryptocurrency users with various … More Fake cryptocurrency apps crop up on Google Play as bitcoin price rises