The J2 Cyber Security Centre (J2CSC) team has detected multiple Crypto Miners across multiple platforms during the month of January.
A brief overview of a Crypto Miner
Many people sought after it in the “digital gold rush”. For that simple reason a new form a malware was born, the Crypto Miner, this simple program has one main purpose, to utilise the infected machine’s resources (such as the Graphic Processing Unit (Graphics Card) and Central Processing Unit (CPU)) to mine for crypto-currency. There are miners for multiple different crypto currencies including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and a host of others.
Crypto currency is earned by verifying transactions by solving complex math problems. When this task is completed the transaction is made, Crypto is added to the blockchain and the miner is rewarded with a small piece. This is a very resource intensive process which means that the Crypto Miner virus will use a massive amount of the infected machines processing power, causing the machine to slow down and freeze up.
There are often many installed versions of the Crypto Miner found across
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