We observed a large spike in the number of devices scanning the internet for port 7001/TCP since April 27, 2018. Our analysis found that it’s increased activity was caused by cybercriminals engaging in cryptomining via exploiting CVE-2017-10271. The flaw is a patched Oracle WebLogic WLS-WSAT vulnerability that can allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on unpatched servers. This marks the second time attackers abused CVE-2017-10271 for cryptomining purposes this year. In February, the vulnerability was exploited to deliver 64-bit and 32-bit variants of an XMRig Monero miner.Read More
Crime follows the money, as the saying goes, and once again, cybercriminals have acted accordingly. The underground is flooded with so many offerings of cryptocurrency malware that it must be hard for the criminals themselves to determine which is best. This kind of malware, also known as cryptomalware, has a clear goal, which is to make money out of cryptocurrency transactions. This can be achieved through two different methods: stealing cryptocurrency and mining cryptocurrency on victims’ devices surreptitiously (without the victims noticing), a process also known as cryptojacking. In this post, we discuss how these two methods work, and see whether devices connected to the internet of things (IoT), which are relatively underpowered, are being targeted.Read More
Our Cyber Safety Solutions team identified a malicious Chrome extension we named FacexWorm, which uses a miscellany of techniques to target cryptocurrency trading platforms accessed on an affected browser and propagates via Facebook Messenger.
FacexWorm isn’t new. It was uncovered in August 2017, though its whys and hows were still unclear at the time. Last April 8, however, we noticed a spike in its activities that coincided with external reports of FacexWorm surfacing in Germany, Tunisia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Spain.Read More
As new trends and developments in the malicious mining of cryptocurrency emerge, a smart and sustainable way of detecting these types of threats is swiftly becoming a cybersecurity necessity. By using Trend Micro Locality Sensitive Hashing (TLSH), a machine learning hash that is capable of identifying similar files, we were able to group together similar cryptocurrency-mining samples gathered from the wild. By grouping together samples based on their behavior and file types, detection of similar or modified malware becomes possible.Read More
Will cryptocurrency-mining malware be the new ransomware? The popularity and increasing real-world significance of cryptocurrencies are also drawing cybercriminal attention — so much so that it appears to keep pace with ransomware’s infamy in the threat landscape. In fact, cryptocurrency mining was the most detected network event in devices connected to home routers in 2017.
What started out in mid-2011 as an afterthought to main payloads such as worms and backdoors has evolved into such an effective way to profit that even cyberespionage and ransomware operators, and organized hacking groups are joining the bandwagon.Read More