A criminal multi-million dollar crypto-mining ecosystem has been uncovered

  • Using stolen processing power to mine cryptocurrencies is a profitable criminal enterprise.
  • It consists of crypto-mining malware, often buried in legitimate code, that users unsuspectingly install and run on their computers.
  • Pastrana and Suarez-Tangil focus their study on this second type of cryptomining malware, also known as binary-based malware.
  • The mining process is so intensive that miners often join together in mining pools.

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