Our honeypot sensors, which are designed to emulate Secure Shell (SSH), Telnet, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, recently detected a mining bot related to the IP address 188.8.131.52. The address has been seen to search for both SSH- and IoT-related ports, including 22, 2222, and 502. In this particular attack, however, the IP has landed on port 22, SSH service. The attack could be applicable to all servers and connected devices with a running SSH service.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
Cyber espionage campaigns against the mining industry are largely geared towards ensuring interest groups have access to the latest technical knowledge and intelligence so they can maintain competitive advantage and thrive in the global commodities market. In this blog post, we illustrate this pattern with the case of the attacks involving the Potash Corporation. By doing so, we will be able to identify the motivations and goals of attackers targeting a key mining company.Read More
The past few weeks have been rather exciting for Bitcoin owners and speculators, with prices peaking at over $1200 per BTC. Some commentators – including former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan – have called Bitcoin prices a “bubble”, with a former Dutch central banker comparing it to the tulip mania of the 17th century. Other cryptocurrencies, like…Read More
Trend Micro recently came across a botnet that turns an infected system into an involuntary Bitcoin miner. Bitcoin is a digital currency that uses peer-to-peer (P2P) networks to track and verify transactions. Bitcoins are generated by a free Bitcoin miner application. The malware, detected as BKDR_BTMINE.MNR, installs the mining software in systems. It uses the…Read More