Another Cyberattack Spreading And It's Worse Than WannaCry

Before WannaCry Cryptocurrency Miners Exploited SMB Flaw

Before WannaCry Cryptocurrency Miners Exploited SMB Flaw

This appears to be more risky than "WannaCrypt" as the victim doesn't come to know that they have been hacked, but, on the other side, "the good part is that the hacker here is not interested in the victim's personal data", he said. But Adylkuzz isn't interested in sharing an affected computer that's capable of communicating over Microsoft's Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB).

Instead, the virus stealthily recruits infected computers into a network of "cryptocurrency" miners that fill the hackers' digital wallets with a secretive unit of exchange called Monero, Proofpoint says. Monero is the currency of choice on AlphaBay, a dark web market trafficking in drugs, stolen credit card information and other illicit goods.

Meanwhile, The Shadow Brokers, a hacker group that recently released a trove of NSA's hacking tools and exploits to the public, said Wednesday they would keep doing that, even offering a monthly subscription service for security exploits.

The new attackware targets the same vulnerabilities that were exploited by the WannaCry ransomware, but unlike WannaCry, which froze computers and wreaked havoc worldwide on Friday, Adylkuzz is a cryptocurrency mining malware that takes over a machine and slows down computers and servers to use them to mine cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin and monero, according to Proofpoint and Yahoo News.

"Monero is really ugly stuff", Kalember said.

Researchers at Proofpoint estimate that the Adylkuzz attack may have begun as early as April 24 but was subsequently overshadowed in the hysteria that followed the WannaCry ransomware attacks.

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But a nastier variant called UIWIX, found by Trend Micro, can infect machines without writing to storage making it harder to detect.

Many organisations infiltrated by this campaign are likely not aware their PCs are part of the global cryptocurrency mining botnet; the only symptoms of the attack are a loss of access to networked resources and system sluggishness, Proofpoint reported. It was leaked by a hacker group in mid-April.

The attack is launched from several virtual private servers which are scanning the internet for open 445 ports.

"There are no reports of this "Adylkuzz" malware from the Indian establishments yet".

A new malware campaign exploits the same "EternalBlue" SMB vulnerability revealed in a dump of hacking tools linked to the US National Security Agency and employed by the high-profile WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware.

"There are no telltale clues that we've been able to identify", Kalember says of Adylkuzz. Adylkuzz is believed to have racked in more than $1 million for the hackers, which is much more than what's been earned by the WannaCry malware. In fact, because Adylkuzz closed the EternalBlue vulnerability once it infected a machine, researchers suspect the program actually limited the spread of the more damaging ransomware. "Users are advised to maintain updated anti-virus software and apply patches to operating systems and applications on regular basis", Sanjay Bahl, Director General of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), told IANS.

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