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Adobe Flash Player Gets New Life as Tool for Cryptojacking

  • The popularity of Flash Player was once an omnipresent Web plugin has dwindled, but its legacy lives on with new fake installers that will also mine crypto

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Have you ever stumbled upon these annoying ads that want you to install Flash Player (along with their malicious software)? The popularity of what was once an omnipresent Web plugin has dwindled, but its legacy lives on with new fake installers that will also mine crypto without you knowing about it.

In all fairness, they will actually install Flash on your device while an open-source miner XMRig comes as an extra bonus. This software will stealthily use your computer resources in order to mine Monero. Due to the complete anonymity of this digital currency, it is impossible to trace who received the generated funds.

As U.Today reported earlier, cryptojackers were also spreading mining malware with the help of a Steam game.
 

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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