Hackers use Monero miner to hide the true purpose of their attacks – Microsoft
Hackers started using cryptocurrency miners as a cover, when in reality they may pursue completely different goals. This is the conclusion made by researchers from Microsoft.
They point to the hacker group BISMUTH, which in the summer attacked government facilities in France and Vietnam with a fairly obvious Trojan for mining Monero. He did mine cryptocurrency for the benefit of his distributors, but he also distracted attention from the true purpose of the attack – data theft..
According to the authors, BISMUTH has attacked human rights organizations in the past using sophisticated hacking techniques. Hidden miners usually do not associate with such methods, so the victim of such an attack can easily lose vigilance..
“Malicious mining has allowed BISMUTH to hide its more evil deeds behind a threat that may seem less dangerous,” says Microsoft, adding that the software distributed by BISMUTH falls into the category of “hidden in the most visible place.”.
Microsoft recommends that customers be vigilant against hidden miner attacks and check to see if attackers are doing anything else during this time. In addition, companies are urging to work with employees regarding information security and filter emails that can be spread for phishing purposes..
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