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Trojan Turns Your PC Into Bitcoin Mining Victim, WIRED

Trojan Turns Your PC Into Bitcoin Mining Slave, WIRED


Maybe it’s a sign of the Bitcoin bubble. Criminals are attempting to take control of PCs and turn them into Bitcoin miners.

According to antivirus seller Kaspersky Laboratorium, there’s a fresh Trojan – spotted just yesterday and spreading via Skype – that takes control of infected machines and compels them to do known spil Bitcoin mining, a way of earning digital currency.

The Bitcoin digital currency system prizes miners (ter Bitcoins, natch) for their number-crunching work, which is essential to keeping the anonymous Bitcoin currency system working. With the Trojan, hackers are forcing others’ machines to earn them money, and it can indeed waterput a strain on thesis machines. Victims might notice that their CPU usage shoots sky high.

Yesterday, the Trojan wasgoed spreading via Skype messages. Te one Spanish message obtained by Kaspersky, the Trojan wasgoed supposed to be a ",beloved", picture of the victim.

About two thousand people vanaf hour were clicking on the webstek hosting the Trojan software, Kaspersky said. ",Most of potential victims live te Italy then Russia, Poland, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, Ukraine and others,", Kaspersky Researcher Dmitry Bestuzhev wrote te a blog postbode.

Once laptop criminals have tricked you into downloading a Trojan, they have control of your pc, and there are a loterijlot of things they could do. And the Trojan isn’t only used for Bitcoin mining, Kaspersky says.

This isn’t the very first time a Bitcoin mining Trojan has popped up, and malicious software that flat-out steals bitcoins has bot around for years. Two years ago, Symantec spotted a Trojan – called Badminer – that sniffed out graphical processing units and used them to crank out bitcoins.

A regular PC wouldn’t be able to do much Bitcoin mining on its own, but hackers could pretty lightly register a group of compromised computers with a specific Bitcoin mining pool and point all of the systems there, according to Charlie Shrem, the founder of Bitcoin payment processor Bitinstant. ",If he infiltrates a million computers, then it will pay off,", he said te an email message.

Bitcoins have bot on a price surge lately. Right now, they’re trading at about $140, about ten times their value at the end of last year.

Maybe that makes mining a little more attractive to the bad guys.

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