Mining cryptocurrency has become even more popular over the past few months. Unfortunately, this trend has also attracted a lot of attention from cybercriminals. As a result of this growing attention by the wrong crowd, criminals have come up with some unique ways to mine cryptocurrencies using other people’s computers. This new malvertising campaign goes to show how things have devolved over just the past few weeks.
Malvertising Campaign Mines Cryptocurrency
The popularity of malvertising campaigns is on the rise. In most cases, malvertising campaigns are used to distribute malware on a very large scale. These types of malware can cause all kinds of harm, including the mining of cryptocurrency using other people’s computer resources. The latest malvertising campaign shows it is certainly possible to make this process a lot more straightforward.
The criminals were mainly interested in Monero, ZCash, and Litecoin. Moreover, it appears the code is also capable of mining Feathercoin, although that currency has become far less valuable over the past few months. For the time being, it appears only the Monero mining feature has been used in the initial stages That is not entirely surprising, as Monero is the most anonymous cryptocurrency in the world today.