Hackers Spread Mining Viruses Using Update Of Adobe Flash As Cover
Specialists working at the Unit 42 research company discovered the circulation of the mining viruses imitating the Adobe Flash update, the cyber security company Palo Alto Networks reports on its website.
Scammers often apply cryptojacking, which involves the use of the computing power of unsuspecting users to mine cryptos.
Unit 42 managed to find a virus file that helps attackers to mine Monero (XMR) by installing the XMRig crypto miner. A virus program seems to be the most dangerous as hackers use a pop-up window from the official Adobe developers. Moreover, Adobe Flash is indeed upgraded to the latest version after download.
Most often, the Adobe Flash pseudo updates are not too hidden, but in that case, the user will not find anything suspicious, Brad Duncan, the Unit 42 specialist, stressed.
The research team discovered the type of virus while looking for fake Flash upgrades by AutoFocus, the Palo Alto Networks malicious software detection tool. The program identifies 77 samples of malware with the CoinMiner tag; another 36 use other tags along with CoinMiner.
The experts claim that virus programs imitating the Flash installation and update have been functioning since August 2018.
As previously reported, programs for cryptojacking have been identified on the official websites of Indian municipalities.