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2/21/2018
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Jai Vijayan
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7 Cryptominers & Cryptomining Botnets You Can't Ignore

Cryptominers have emerged as a major threat to organizations worldwide. Here are seven you cannot afford to ignore.
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Smominru
The Smominru Monero mining botnet is comprised of over 520,000 Windows hosts, most of which are servers. The operators of the botnet have been exploiting the NSA's leaked EternalBlue exploit to infect systems worldwide with the Smominru miner and make them part of the botnet, according to security vendor Proofpoint, the first to discover the botnet.
At the end of January 2018, the operation had already mined some 8,900 Monero, valued at the time at upwards of $2.8 million. Proofpoint at the time estimated the botnet was mining approximately 24 Monero worth about $8,500 daily. Because many of the infected systems are servers, the potential performance impact for affected businesses is high, Proofpoint has noted.

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Smominru

The Smominru Monero mining botnet is comprised of over 520,000 Windows hosts, most of which are servers. The operators of the botnet have been exploiting the NSA's leaked EternalBlue exploit to infect systems worldwide with the Smominru miner and make them part of the botnet, according to security vendor Proofpoint, the first to discover the botnet.

At the end of January 2018, the operation had already mined some 8,900 Monero, valued at the time at upwards of $2.8 million. Proofpoint at the time estimated the botnet was mining approximately 24 Monero worth about $8,500 daily. Because many of the infected systems are servers, the potential performance impact for affected businesses is high, Proofpoint has noted.

Image Source: BeeBright via Shutterstock

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2/27/2018 | 7:48:20 PM
Mining Resources-Not Surprised
As someone who mines as a hobby I am not surprised. Resources to generate sustainable profit require heavy resources. GPU rigs, that are inflating the prices of dedicated GPU's, mine those hash values somewhat slowly. Utilizing botnets you can maximize your resources even if the targeted hosts have sub-optimal specificiations. Also, since the price of BTC is above 10K currently utilizing the malicious method can be effective from a mining perspective, though deplorable from an ethics perspective. But something tells me those individuals do not care too much in that regard.
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