Cryptojacking in the post-Coinhive era

Credit to Author: Jérôme Segura| Date: Thu, 02 May 2019 15:00:00 +0000

Cryptojacking captured everyone’s attention in 2017 and 2018. With Coinhive no longer in business, has this threat been completely snuffed out?

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Annual Protest Raises $250K to Cure Krebs

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2019 08:51:02 +0000

For the second year in a row, denizens of a large German-language online forum have donated more than USD $250,000 to cancer research organizations in protest of a story KrebsOnSecurity published in 2018 that unmasked the creators of Coinhive, a now-defunct cryptocurrency mining service that was massively abused by cybercriminals. Krebs is translated as “cancer” in German.

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Crypto Mining Service Coinhive to Call it Quits

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2019 23:19:28 +0000

Roughly one year ago, KrebsOnSecurity published a lengthy investigation into the individuals behind Coinhive[.]com, a cryptocurrency mining service that has been heavily abused to force hacked Web sites to mine virtual currency. On Tuesday, Coinhive announced plans to pull the plug on the project early next month.

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Fake browser update seeks to compromise more MikroTik routers

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:00:06 +0000

Threat actors are social engineering users with a fake update that, once installed, will scan the Internet in an attempt to exploit vulnerable MikroTik routers.

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Cryptojacking apps return to Google Play Market

Credit to Author: Pankaj Kohli| Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:01:30 +0000

At least 25 Android apps on the official Google Play store contain code that mines cryptocurrencies in the background.<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/F8aH5rlcN50″ height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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Obfuscated Coinhive shortlink reveals larger mining operation

Credit to Author: Jérôme Segura| Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:00:00 +0000

A web miner injected into compromised sites is just the tip of the iceberg for an infrastructure hosting malicious Windows and Linux coin miners.

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Coinhive Exposé Prompts Cancer Research Fundraiser

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:55:56 +0000

A story published here this week revealed the real-life identity behind the original creator of Coinhive — a controversial cryptocurrency mining service that several security firms have recently labeled the most ubiquitous malware threat on the Internet today. In an unusual form of protest against that story, members of a popular German language image-posting board founded by the Coinhive creator have vented their dismay by donating tens of thousands of euros to local charities that support cancer research. On Monday KrebsOnSecurity published Who and What is Coinhive, an in-depth story which proved that the founder of Coinhive was indeed the founder of the German image hosting and discussion forum pr0gramm[dot]com (not safe for work). I undertook the research because Coinhive’s code primarily is found on tens of thousands of hacked Web sites, and because the until-recently anonymous Coinhive operator(s) have been reluctant to take steps that might curb the widespread abuse of their platform.

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Malicious cryptomining and the blacklist conundrum

Credit to Author: Jérôme Segura| Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000

When threat actors take to free and disposable cloud services, the battle against malicious cryptomining becomes a lot more difficult.

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Who and What Is Coinhive?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:12:31 +0000

Multiple security firms recently identified cryptocurrency mining service Coinhive as the top malicious threat to Web users, thanks to the tendency for Coinhive’s computer code to be used on hacked Web sites to steal the processing power of its visitors’ devices. This post looks at how Coinhive vaulted to the top of the threat list less than a year after its debut, and explores clues about the possible identities of the individuals behind the service.

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MIRUS – a cryptomining virus

Credit to Author: Preksha Saxena| Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:59:54 +0000

Cryptocurrencies are all the vogue now. This has resulted in the emergence of increasing cryptocurrency mining activities. Several platforms make mining services available to users. One such platform that provides JavaScript cryptocurrency miners for websites is CoinHive. Recently, we have analyzed a virus that infects user files with mining scripts. CoinHive is…

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The state of malicious cryptomining

Credit to Author: Jérôme Segura| Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:08:03 +0000

From malware coin miners to drive-by mining, we review the state of malicious cryptomining in the past few months by looking at the most notable incidents and our own telemetry stats.

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