A new computer virus spread all over the web is threatening Switzerland. The virus allows the attacker to extract Monero (XMR) by exploiting the victim's CPU power. This type of virus has been classified as the sixth most significant malware to hit Switzerland during the first half of 2018.
The information was published in a document by the Swiss Reporting and Analysis Center for Information Security (MELANI). The researchers were also able to find out that the attacks have shifted towards the attack of virtual currency exchanges.
According to the research, the Dridez trojan worked concentrating on cryptocurrencies. In 2012, the trojan was known as Cridex and was already working. During this year, the number of targeted cryptocurrency exchanges has increased during this year.
Something similar happens with the Malware known as Gozi, discovered in 2009. This malware has also evolved to be able to operate in the growing and profitable virtual currency market. According to the report, Gozi targets cryptographic exchanges using "malvertising" to spread as fast as possible.
The research reads as follows:
"This technique consists of using advertising to induce the user to download manipulated software.In search engines, ads are often shown above the actual search results, [which] leads to confusion among users. "
However, these were not the most critical threats related to cryptography. The report explains that the Monerominer malware is an advanced version of the traditional mining malware that everyone knows. Classified as the sixth most prevalent malware by MELANI in the first half of this year, Monerominer is not only able to extract cryptocurrencies but is also able to download unwanted programs.
The malware monero-mining has been on the market for a long time. One of the most used software is known as Coinhive, which allows attackers to extrapolate virtual currencies using the victim's CPU power.
It seems that hackers are improving their techniques and methods to attack other users, including companies and individuals. Switzerland is not the only country hit by these attackers, virtual currencies know no boundaries and even YouTube has been affected by these CPU cryptocurrencies.