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.
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.
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.
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.
RubyMiner malware plants XMRig on vulnerable systems. Security researchers have discovered malware aimed at Linux and Windows servers running to mine cryptocurrency.
Malwarebytes researcher Jerome Segura analysed a RIG exploit campaign distributing malware coin miners delivered via drive-by download attacks from malvertising.
Facebook Messenger is the launching pad for a new Monero-cryptocurrency mining bot called Digmine that so far is hitting only a small sampling of nations around the world.
Adversaries are using the lure of free online software downloads to infect unknowing victims with a customised version of cryptocurrency mining software from the NiceHash marketplace.
Hackers may have gotten away with £51 million of bitcoin after a cyber-attack hit the cryptocurrency mining platform NiceHash. The attack was highlighted on Twitter and Reddit with users saying they may lose hundreds of dollars.
Cryptocurrency extraction a bigger draw for hackers now