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South Korean Police Arrest Five Crypto Jackers

21:02 08/11/2018

South Korean law enforcers managed to arrest five suspects in the infection of more than 6,000 personal computers with virus software designed for the crypto mining, CCN reports.

As follows from the report of the Cybercrime bureau of the South Korean National Police, crypto scammers managed to find out the email addresses of tens of thousands of citizens who were seeking employment in numerous IT companies in the country.

The group of scammers, which was organized by 24-year-old Kim Amu-gae, sent 32,435 emails containing virus software for crypto mining to the owners of PCs within several months at the end of 2017.

All letters were written on behalf of potential employers. When a person opened the file in email a virus program that allowed mining was installed on a computer.

The latest generation of antivirus software helped to delete numerous malicious files automatically during seven days, and the attackers made a profit of only $1,000, a police officer stated.

Crypto jacking significantly reduces the speed and performance of computers. The PC owners should always install the most up-to-date antivirus programs and do not forget to constantly update browsers, law enforcement officials stressed.

As previously reported, Turkish police arrested 11 hackers suspected of bitcoin theft for over $80,000.

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