Over the past few years, there have been multiple versions of malware causing harm to computer users. But some of these tools will also attempt to mine cryptocurrency on behalf of the criminal. Several new types of crypto mining malware have been discovered recently, all of which target NAS servers. Not the most profitable way of mining cryptocurrency, but since it is entirely free for the criminal, it is worth a shot.
The new report released by SophosLabs goes to show cryptomining malware is still widespread. Although a lot of computational resources are required to mine Bitcoin efficiently, there are other ways to go about things. Criminals deploy malware with an embedded cryptocurrency mining toolkit which “borrows” resources provided by infected computers.
NAS Servers Can Mine Monero
While this does not mean criminals are mining Bitcoin through this method, it is a worrying scenario. As criminals manage to infect more computers every time, their chances of getting decent earnings increases. In most cases, the so-called altcoins are being mined, as they require less dedicated hardware to complete the process.
By targeting NAS systems, criminals have taken things one step further. Albeit these machines are far less powerful than
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