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At Least 1.65 Million Computers Are Mining Cryptocurrency For Hackers So Far This Year (vice.com) 37

According to new statistics released on Tuesday by Kaspersky Lab, a prominent Russian information security firm, 2017 is on track to beat 2016 -- and every year since 2011 -- in terms of the sheer number of computers infected with malware that installs mining software. From a report: So far in 2017, the company says it has detected 1.65 million infected machines. The total amount of infected computers for all of the previous year was roughly 1.8 million. The infected machines are not just home computers, the firm stated in a blog post, but company servers as well. "The main effect for a home computer or organization infrastructure is reduced system performance," Anton Ivanov, a security researcher for Kaspersky, wrote me in an email. "Also some miners could download modules from a threat actor's infrastructure, and these modules could contain other malware such as Trojans [malware that disguises itself as legitimate software]." Ivanov said that the firm doesn't know how much money has been made overall with this scheme, but a digital wallet for one mining botnet that the company identified currently contains over $200,000 USD.
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At Least 1.65 Million Computers Are Mining Cryptocurrency For Hackers So Far This Year

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  • Wow (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I'm impressed the summary didn't defame the security firm.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Slashdot went full corporate apologist long ago. The nerds are gone. Only the shit remain.

      • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Only the shit remain.

        Yes well, you're a shining example of that, aren't you?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      How to know if my personal PC and the business computers are infected or not?

    • Re:Wow (Score:5, Informative)

      by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Wednesday September 13, 2017 @05:09AM (#55186739)

      When politicians can't face up to their own mistakes, they blame foreigners for all their country's problems. Hillary Clinton lost, what in her mind, should have been simple election victory for herself. She can't accept the fact that a lot of folks just plain don't like her. So the evil Russian Hackers must be the blame. For his part, Trump said we need a wall to defend ourselves against the Mongol Hordes from Mexico. They all do the same thing.

      Hey, bashing foreigners is the new orange or black or whatever.

      "They" are out to get us, and "we" must be vigilant and get them first . . .

      • by zifn4b ( 1040588 )

        "They" are out to get us, and "we" must be vigilant and get them first . . .

        Point me to a time in human history where tribalism wasn't a pervasive source of conflict. After you answer that question, explain how we are to arrive in that world Utopian state where we have solved that problem. If you can do it successfully and get the world to adopt it, you will win a Nobel Prize. Good luck!

      • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

        . For his part, Trump said we need a wall to defend ourselves against the Mongol Hordes from Mexico. They all do the same thing.

        That's not really true. Trump said the US needs a wall to protect itself from illegals, and he's right. Before someone says "walls don't work" they work very well in Israel, where rampant suicide bombings and mass-murders of entire families dropped to zero. They're sure working in Hungary and Greece. Thousands of people trying to cross per month, to under two dozen. I'd be very happy if Canada started instituting some similar policy, since we're now being flooded by illegals who are entering from the US

        • TL;DR but per your start, Israel hasn't had a rocket attack in ... ... oh, wait.

      • Do you mean orange is the new black [moddb.com]?

  • I hope they're mining Litecoin... Bitcoin seems to be so ridiculously hard to mine for these days.

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