Cyber safety researchers identified a new type of malware spreading across the world by way of the Facebook Messenger app. This malicious bot is using the numerous computer systems it has infected to mine cryptocurrency for its unscrupulous developers at the expense of users.
A couple of cyber defense professionals have reported they tracked down a new mining malware spreading by way of Facebook Messenger, which they named Digmine. Like a lot of equivalent exploits ahead of, this bot was making use of infected systems to mine one particular of the most favourite cryptocurrency by hackers, monero.
Initial observed in South Korea, Digmine has currently been found in Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, and Venezuela. The bot is spreading really fast, utilizing hijacked systems to infect far more computer systems like a virus, and is for that reason expected to have reach other countries exactly where it previously remained hidden. Even though the researchers do not mention it, the truth of exactly where it was initial located suggests its most most likely origin is North Korea.
Digmine is sent to victims masquerading as a hyperlink to a video file when it is in fact an executable script. It affects Facebook Messenger’s desktop and net versions employing the Goggle Chrome browser. When in control of Chrome, it uses the browser to download extra tools for its clandestine mining operation.
In addition, if the user’s Facebook account is set to log in automatically, Digmine will hijack Messenger to spread the the file to all of the account holder’s buddies. The use of Facebook is at present restricted to spreading the malware, but “it wouldn’t be implausible for attackers to hijack the Facebook account itself down the line,” the researchers explain.
The researchers shared their findings with Facebook which removed many of the hyperlinks to Digmine from its messenger app. The organization stated that: “We keep a quantity of automated systems to help stop harmful links and files from appearing on Facebook and in Messenger. If we suspect your laptop is infected with malware, we will provide you with a free of charge anti-virus scan from our trusted partners.”
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Published at Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:55:42 +0000