Cyber security researchers found a fresh type of malware spreading across the world via the Facebook Messenger app. This malicious bot is using the many computers it has infected to mine cryptocurrency for its unscrupulous developers at the expense of users.
A duo of cyber defense experts have reported they tracked down a fresh mining malware spreading via Facebook Messenger, which they named Digmine. Like many similar exploits before, this bot wasgoed using infected systems to mine one of the most dearest cryptocurrency by hackers, monero.
Very first observed te South Korea, Digmine has already bot found te Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, and Venezuela. The bot is spreading very rapid, using hijacked systems to infect more computers like a virus, and is therefore expected to have reach other countries where it previously remained hidden. While the researchers do not mention it, the fact of where it wasgoed very first found suggests its most likely origin is North Korea.
Facebook Messenger to Google Chrome
Digmine is sent to victims masquerading spil a listig to a movie opstopping when it is actually an executable script. It affects Facebook Messenger’s desktop and web versions using the Goggle Chrome browser. Once te control of Chrome, it uses the browser to download extra instruments for its clandestine mining operation.
Ter addition, if the user’s Facebook account is set to loom te automatically, Digmine will hijack Messenger to spread the the verkeersopstopping to all of the account holder’s friends. The use of Facebook is presently restricted to spreading the malware, but “it wouldn’t be implausible for attackers to hijack the Facebook account itself down the line,” the researchers explain.
The researchers collective their findings with Facebook which liquidated many of the linksom to Digmine from its messenger app. The company stated that: “We maintain a number of automated systems to help zekering harmful linksaf and files from appearing on Facebook and ter Messenger. If wij suspect your rekentuig is infected with malware, wij will provide you with a free anti-virus scan from our trusted vrouwen.”
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