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

Why gamers are attractive targets for cybercriminals

The growing number of gaming enthusiasts, wide variety of methods to monetize attacks, and large sums of money that circulate in this industry are only some of the reasons that gamers are attractive targets for online hackers Nowadays, people of all ages play video games. Of the approximately 7.5 billion people who live in the … More Why gamers are attractive targets for cybercriminals

Coinhive cryptocurrency miner to call it a day next week

The service became notorious for its use by ne’er-do-wells looking to make a quick buck by hijacking the processing power of victim machines to generate virtual money. Coinhive, a cryptocurrency mining service that rose to infamy after it began to be co-opted for cryptojacking campaigns in 2017, is shutting down. In a short blog post on Tuesday, the … More Coinhive cryptocurrency miner to call it a day next week

One in three UK orgs hit by cryptojacking in previous month, survey finds

Conversely, only a little over one-third of IT executives believe that their systems have never been hijacked to surreptitiously mine digital currencies. A total of 30% of organizations in the United Kingdom fell victim to a cryptojacking attack in the previous month, a recent survey among 750 IT executives across the UK has found. The … More One in three UK orgs hit by cryptojacking in previous month, survey finds

Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

ESET researchers have discovered several third-party add-ons for the popular open-source media player Kodi being used to distribute Linux and Windows cryptocurrency-mining malware. If you use Kodi, you may have noticed that a popular, Dutch repository for third-party add-ons, XvBMC, was recently shut down upon copyright-infringement warnings. Following the shutdown, we discovered that the repository was … More Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

Cryptojacking, the result of “cryptocurrency rush” and how ESET can help

The rise in value of some digital currencies has led to a kind of “cryptocurrency rush” in which the mining is carried out not only by individuals trying to earn money legitimately, but also by cybercriminals who are developing threats and instigating attacks to hijack digital currencies, or otherwise to use computer resources owned by regular internet … More Cryptojacking, the result of “cryptocurrency rush” and how ESET can help