New Instance of Monero Malware Sees Cryptojackers Target Linux Users

Findings from the Special Ops team at United States cybersecurity company JASK reveal a modified version of trojan Shellbot has become increasingly prevalent since its debut in November last year.The latest threat specifically targets users of devices running Linux. In mid-January, research from Palo Alto Networks found another Monero-mining malware targeting Linux users that had the ability to disable cloud-based security measures to avoid detection.Malware detections shot up almost 500 percent in the first half of 2018, while a survey in August 2018 claimed that in the United Kingdom alone, over half of businesses had been affected by cryptojacking at some point.This year, separate statistics suggested that around 4.4 percent of all XMR in circulation came from nefarious sources.



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