Increase in rogue Crypto mining software

Increase in rogue Crypto mining software

Rogue websites and hacked websites are installing crypto-miners on visitor’s computers. Add to this the increase in viruses and Trojans that are dropping crypto miners on to people’s computers and you can see that they are making lot of money from these miners. There are now a lot of crypto currencies that can be mined. Mining is the way you find crypto currencies. The newer the currency the more chance there is to find some.

To actually find some currency it takes a computer to carry our extremely complex calculations which uses a lot of CPU, Memory and crucially electricity. It in fact generally costs more in electricity than you can hope to get in the terms of value from the currency itself. That makes a market for stealing other people’s electricity (and CPU and memory). If your computer is on and not doing a lot you may like to donate some CPU cycles and memory towards organised crime, but often it means that your computer is working hard all the time and therefore your electricity bill is going to go up. If you leave it on permanently then your bill could go up by a lot. There are in fact computers out there that you can buy as crypto miners that double up as heaters as they use so much power they can be used to heat up your room at the same time.

What can you do about it?

Make sure your antivirus is up-to-date and that you regularly check for viruses and malware etc. Be careful when you search the internet as there are more than 1000 sites per day that get infected with viruses and they can infect you when you visit them. The other way they get in is through a malicious advert, which is how Facebook was targeted in the past.

Generally be vigilant, never open an email attachment that you didn’t ask for and if you did ask for it, double check it is genuine before opening it.

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    4 Comments

    Florence Posted on00:31 - 30 January, 2019

    Thanks for this info. I will be more vigilant in future.

    klaudia Posted on21:07 - 30 January, 2019

    Thank you for brining this to my attention. I was not aware of it but I have noticed my computer running slow on some websites. Is there a way to find out if they are doing this to me?

      Support Team Posted on22:14 - 31 January, 2019

      Hi Klaudia,
      You can restrict scripts from running on sites, using an add on such as No Script, and then allow them to run when you confirm they are needed. This does mean that you need to know what you are looking for and allowing scripts can mean that looking at a site can take a much longer time to load a page as you allow each script to run. We recommend you run a browser in a sandbox so that you can easily get rid of them if they get in and be careful which sites you visit.

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