Cryptocurrency botnets are rendering some companies unable to operate

Cryptocurrency botnets are rendering some companies unable to operate

We’re imagining botnets in 2018 aren’t greatly impacting vintage OS systems, but many modern computers aren’t performing their best post-Smominru. A massive cryptocurrency mining botnet has generated as much as $3.6 million dollars’ worth of the digital coin known as Monero since last May, a researcher said Wednesday. The windfall isn’t the only noteworthy thing about the botnet. Dubbed Smominru, it’s also significant for the 526,000 computers it has infected and for the ability of its operators to withstand takedown attempts by whitehats. "As Bitcoin has become prohibitively resource-intensive to mine outside of dedicated mining farms, interest in Monero […]

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