McAfee Labs – computer security research – discovered a new malicious software called "WebCobra" that "steals" the computing power for Monero and Zcash hidden miningMining
– is a type of activity for creating new blocks in the Blockchain to ensure proper system operation. Details, as reported by CNN.
The increase in the price of cryptocurrency has provoked a new wave of cybercrime. For hidden mining, they use malware to infect computers and exploit their computational capabilities by hackers.
The McAfee Labs Computer Security Research Center claims that the Russian WebCobra application is secretly installing malicious software for hidden mining.
"On x86 systems, the virus injects the Cryptonight miner code into the running process and starts monitoring the process (...) On x64 systems, it checks the configuration of the graphics processor, downloads and mines Zсash Claymore from a remote server" – from the McAfee Labs report.
Despite the fact that the malware was developed in Russia, the researchers claim that they found it all over the world. The largest number of computer "infections" is observed in Brazil, South Africa and the United States.
McAfee recommends that users closely monitor the operation of their computer. For example, if it works sluggishly for no particular reason: the technique may be infected by one of the hidden mining malware.
"When a computer is infected, the malicious application runs silently in the background. The only sign of WebCobra virus software is performance degradation. When malware increases power consumption, the machine slows down, leaving the owner with a “headache” and an unwanted energy bill." – from the McAfee Labs report.
Editor: Yulia Krasnaya