Tracking ransomware cryptocurrency payments: What now for Bitcoin?

Should we expect cybercriminals to ditch the pseudonymous cryptocurrency for other forms of payment that may be better at throwing law enforcement off the scent? Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced it seized around $2.3 million worth of bitcoin (BTC 63.7) collected in the BTC 75 payment for Colonial Pipeline ransomware. Does this mean Bitcoin … More Tracking ransomware cryptocurrency payments: What now for Bitcoin?

Argentine telecom company hit by major ransomware attack

Telecom Argentina says it has contained the attack and regained access to its systems without paying up. Telecom Argentina, one of the country’s largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs), has suffered a major ransomware attack, according to a local report. The cybercriminals behind the attack demanded US$7.5 million in Monero cryptocurrency to unlock the encrypted files, but … More Argentine telecom company hit by major ransomware attack

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

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

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