Researchers Find Monero Mining Malware That Hides From Task Manager
Max Boddy's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 57%
Cybersecurity company Varonis has discovered a new cryptojacking virus, dubbed "Norman," that aims to mine the cryptocurrency Monero and evade detection. Norman in particular is a crypto miner based on XMRig, which is described in the report as a high-performance miner for Monero cryptocurrency. One of the key features of Norman is that it will close the crypto mining process in response to a user opening up Task Manager.
After Task Manager closes, Norman uses a process to relaunch the miner. The researchers at Varonis concluded that Norman is based on the PHP programming language and is obfuscated by Zend Guard. Another cybersecurity company uncovered an unsettling update to a strain of XMR mining malware last week.
Carbon Black discovered that a type of malware called Smominru is now stealing user data alongside its mining operations.
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