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KingMiner: The new and improved CryptoJacker

Blog Post created by Adi Ikan Employee on Dec 4, 2018

Crypto-Mining attacks have grown and evolved in 2018. Due to the rise in value and popularity of crypto currencies, hackers are increasingly motivated to exploit the CPU power of their victims’ machines for crypto-mining operations.

 

KingMiner is an example of evolving Crypto-Mining malware that can bypass common detection and emulation systems. By implementing simple evasion techniques, the attacker can increase the probability of a successful attack.

 

Since its first appearance, KingMiner has been developed and deployed in two new versions. The malware continuously adds new features and bypass methods to avoid emulation. Mainly, it manipulates the needed files and creates a dependency which is critical during emulation.

 

The publication created a strong buzz, as 100+ Security and Crypto currency world-wide websites wrote about.

 

Reference to the publication - https://research.checkpoint.com/kingminer-the-new-and-improved-cryptojacker/

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