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Five Hackers Arrested After Infecting 6,000 PCs with Mining Malware

  • Yuri Molchan
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    The Korean cybersecurity agency detained five young men for cryptojacking 6,000 computers through email, the victims are job applicants of IT giants


Five Hackers Arrested After Infecting 6,000 PCs with Mining Malware
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Five young men were taken into custody by cyber police of South Korea on Thursday, Nov. 8. The official report says that the young hackers were acting under the direction of Kim Amu-gae, 24 years old. The cyber gangsters sent out nearly 33,000 emails with embedded malware for crypto mining to infect PC users in the country.

Claiming to be employers, the hackers all in all sent out a great number of emails to job applicants during the period from mid-autumn to early winter 2017.

Why the victims got misled

The victims turned to be job candidates of local IT corporations. The cybersecurity agency states that the hackers got hold of their email addresses on different headhunting forums. All those applicants had sent their CVs to recruitment agencies to be reviewed by employers.


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The hackers sent them emails with attached documentation that contained mining malware. The victims downloaded the attached files on their computers. Thus, they right away installed the malware letting it work in the background.

Anti-virus be blessed

Around 6,000 of the infected computers had advanced anti-virus software installed, so the programs for cryptojacking were safely removed automatically within a week.

Firms specializing on cybersecurity also started investigating the mining fraud. Thanks to that, IT experts were able to conduct tests and clean the rest of the infected computers from the malware.

Local cyber police pointed out that the threat was neutralized due to the quick reaction of anti-virus companies. Thanks to their actions, the hackers failed to obtain any great amount of profit from their operations β€” $1,000 all in all. Once the malware was detected and deleted, the hackers would send more harmful software, but it was removed again.

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A rise in the mining market

Recently, the overall market of crypto mining has grown greatly despite the surge of the costs for mining major coins. Hackers often design malware they send out to unaware victims for minting Monero. However, now XMR mining on average PCs has become more difficult since the Monero developers have changed the codes, raising barriers for ordinary miners to verify XMR transactions.

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Crypto Wonders: Binance Coin (BNB) Hits Its New ATH, Surpassing Its January 2018's Peak

  • Alex Morris
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    Binance Coin is so far the second cryptocurrency (after EOS) that managed to rebound after January 2018's drawdown


Crypto Wonders: Binance Coin (BNB) Hits Its New ATH, Surpassing Its January 2018's Peak
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After surging by more than 14 percent over the last 24 hours, Binance Coin has managed to surpass its previous ATH that was recorded during the peak of the bull market in January 2018, according to the data provided by CoinMarketCap (CMC). The historic rally was triggered by numerous recent developments inside the exchange’s ecosystem.  

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Binance Coin continues to register double-digit gains, image by CoinMarketCap

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BNB makes history

At the time of writing this article, the price of the BNB token is at $24.65, rising above its previous ATH of $24.46 that was recorded on Jan. 12. Hence, Binance Coin, the seventh largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, becomes only the second asset to reach a new price peak after the crash of the speculation-driven bull market. EOS, which is sitting one spot above BNB on CMC, achieved a similar feat in May 2018.

β€˜Binance Coin is outpacing the overall crypto market. While Bitcoin is off 75% from its all-time-high, Binance Coin has recovered. There is fundamental growth and synergy taking place that is contributing to the rising price of Binance Coin,’ says BitBull Capital CEO Joe DiPasquale.

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Pumping other coins

On Apr. 18, Binance launched the mainnet of its custom Blockchain Binance Chain. The migration of BNB tokens from Ethereum to Binance Chain is scheduled to take place on Apr. 23. This is going to be the second largest token swap in history.

Binance, which is now completed with Ethereum, has already on-boarded some Blockchain projects, including Mithril (MITH) that experienced a 70 percent price pump after its launch on Binance Chain.

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