Warning! Android Users Stay Safe From Cryptocurrency Mining Virus Spreading Fast
Bitcoin is the most expensive Cryptocurrency which has raised value more then gold is in danger. Hackers have found a way, to use your android phone to mine Cryptocurrency. If you receive a video file (packed in zip archive) sent by someone (or your friends) on your Facebook messenger that we ask you not to click it.
The news is confirmed by the researchers from security firm Trend Micro. They have warned everyone about new cryptocurrency mining bot which is spreading through Facebook Messenger and targeting Google Chrome desktop users.
How to Identify Cryptocurrency Mining Virus
Dubbed Digmine, the Monero-cryptocurrency mining bot disguises as a non-embedded video file, under the name video_xxxx.zip (as shown in the screenshot), but is actually contains an AutoIt executable script.
Once clicked, the malware infects victim’s computer and downloads its components and related configuration files from a remote command-and-control (C&C) server.
Digimine primarily installs a cryptocurrency miner, i.e. miner.exe—a modified version of an open-source Monero miner known as XMRig—which silently mines the Monero cryptocurrency in the background for hackers using the CPU power of the infected computers.
It also installs an autostart mechanism and launch Chrome with a malicious extension that allows attackers to access the victims’ Facebook profile and spread the same malware file to their friends’ list via Messenger.
How Can It Affect You?
No matter, you have cryptocurrency or not, If you are an Android or Chrome user, then you have to take precautions. The virus will get into your phone and use its processor and battery to mine cryptocurrency. As mining of Cryptocurrency uses mathematical calculations, so your phone will lag and it will slow down.