Cryptocurrency News, Articles and Updates

Google policy change abolishes ads for cryptocurrencies

Google this week updated its financial services policy, effective June 2018, to prohibit the advertising of cryptocurrencies and related content.

Cryptocurrency mining attacks increasing exponentially, no end in sight

Cryptocurrency miners are seemingly working away under every rock on the internet and there is good reason. It's an almost guaranteed payday with a negligible chance of being discovered.

Cryptocurrency: just for tax avoidance & paying cyber-hold-ups anonymously?

At a cursory glance, the cryptocurrency landscape looks an awful lot like the old Wild West - lawless, volatile, open; no viable law enforcement in sight. But is there also a more positive side to blockchain technology?

Dofoil trojan spotted and stopped after 400,000 instances recorded

Microsoft says it has discovered and stopped a large attack that attempted to use variants of the Dofoil, or Smoke Loader, trojan to spread a cryptocurrency miner.

Exploring the Coincheck hack: Could it happen in the UK?

With £475 million worth of NEM coins stolen from the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, Coincheck; and more than 850,000 Bitcoin (valued around £6 billion today) stolen from MT Gox in 2014, cryptocurrencies remain a prime target.

Malware steals payments, cryptocurrency by modifying clipboard saved info

Researchers have discovered a new malware that steals cryptocurrency and other electronic funds by surreptitiously modifying wallet or payment information whenever victims copy it to their devices' clipboards.

Legal cryptocurrency mining operation's power draw creates concern

Illegal cryptocurrency mining has taken over as the primary money-generating methodology for many cyber-criminals, but even companies attempting to mine digital currency legally are running into some problems.

Cryptocurrency miner now kills off other miners

Researcher discovers coin miner that detects and switches off other miners, security tools or intense CPU processes.

RIG exploit kit strikes again, cryptocurrencies malvertising campaign

A malvertising campaign uses decoy websites pushing cryptocurrencies and then redirects users to the RIG exploit kit, Malwarebytes Labs said.

MS Word feature can be exploited to display videos that mine cryptocurrency

Malicious actors can abuse Microsoft Word's Online Video feature to deliver videos that secretly exhaust their viewers' computer processing power in order to mine cryptocurrencies, according to Israeli cyber-security firm Votiro.

One of the biggest cryptomining operations ever hits Jenkins CI servers

One of the biggest cryptomining operations ever discovered is targeting Jenkins CI servers, the most popular open source automation server in use today, causing slower performance and even denial of service attacks.

Vulnerability in Oracle's WebLogic installs Monero cryptominer on victims' machines

A malicious campaign that's been exploiting a vulnerability in Oracle's WebLogic application servers in order to install a Monero cryptominer on victims' machines spreads the threat worldwide, across virtually all industry sectors.

Cryptocurrency mining crimeblotter, Apache CouchDB & other vulnerabilities

The amount of illegal cryptocurrency mining that is now taking place makes keeping track a difficult task, but here is a quick roundup of what was has been spotted over the last few days.

Crypto exchange BitGrail and token developer Nano in coin theft dispute

Italian cryptocurrency exchange BitGrail is feuding with the developers of Nano virtual tokens, with both sides pointing fingers after BitGrail issued an announcement claiming a malicious actor stole 17 million Nano coins.

Government websites, including ICO, hit by cryptocurrency mining campaign

More than 5,000 sites, including sites belonging to the NHS, ICO, local councils and the Student Loans Company were hit by a cryptocurrency mining campaign that exploited a popular plug-in to infect sites with a malicious script.

Coinhive being spread by hackers hacking back other hackers

Cryptocurrency miners are posting extremely detailed and legitimate looking hacking apps that are in fact trojans designed to spread the Coinhive cryptocurrency miner.

First SCADA cryptominer seen in the wild

The first documented cryptominer attack on a SCADA network of a critical infrastructure operator was seen in the wild.

Litecoin popular Bitcoin alternative among dark web underground community

An analysis of 150 of popular dark web message boards, marketplaces and illegal services shows underground vendors gravitating toward Litecoin cryptocurrency as a viable alternative to Bitcoin when conducting transactions.

Monero miner Smominru using EternalBlue to spread

The new Monero miner Smominru is active in the wild using the EternalBlue exploit to spread, according to a new report.

Cryptominers and malspam up while zero days and ransomware decline

Malicious actors kept busy late last year adding new weapons to their arsenal while placing others on the backburner as they attempted to profit from new honey pots like cryptocurrency mining and boosting the amount of old favourites.

Coincheck cyber-thieves attempting to move, sell off NEM cryptocurrency

The developers of NEM (or XEM) cryptocurrency claim they have traced US$ 533 million (£374 million) in digital coins stolen from hacked crypto exchange Coincheck to an anonymous account.

Thousands of WP sites hosting combined keylogger/ in-browser crypto miner

Thousands of WordPress websites have been infected with particularly nasty malware, according to researchers.

Now 50 cryptocurrencies used to pay for application security services

While many in the cyber-security industry see cryptocurrencies as primarily a facilitator of cyber-crime and money laundering, they can now be used to buy info-security services.

Hackers exploit flaw in enterprise software to deploy Monero cryptominer

Security researchers recently observed an unknown threat actor attempting to deploy a Monero cryptocurrency miner software to users' systems by leveraging Kaseya Ltd's Virtual Systems Administrator (VSA).

Owners of hacked Tokyo cryptocurrency exchange owed £302 million

On Sunday it was announced that Coincheck Inc would return 46.3 billion Yen (£302 million) of virtual money to its owners after hackers stole the amount last week in one of the biggest-ever virtual money thefts, according to Reuters.

Millions of machines download cryptominer after users click on devious link

A newly discovered malicious URL redirection campaign that infects users with the XMRig Monero cryptocurrency miner has already victimised users between 15 and 30 million times, researchers have reported.

North Korea-linked trojan switches targets from banks to cryptocurrency enthusiasts

Originally used by reputed North Korean hackers to attack the global banking sector, the Ratankba downloader trojan has been repurposed into a PowerShell-based variant that appears to be targeting small, non-financial organisations.

Crooks fabricate SpriteCoin cryptocurrency as lure to download ransomware

Fictional cryptocurrency SpriteCoin cooked up by cyber-crooks as a ruse to infect wannabe miners with a particularly devilish ransomware program.

Monero crypto miner leveraging Apache Struts vulnerability

Cryptocurrency miners have begun using two older and already patched vulnerabilities to compromise servers to mine the Monero digital currency.

A minor twist on inserting cryptocurrency miners detailed

Cryptocurrency miners basically do what they do with little fanfare or attempts at obfuscation, but one group of miners has been seen using a technique that allows the malware to make injections to 64-bit processes from 32-bit loaders.