WannaCry Has a More Lucrative Cousin That Mines Cryptocurrency for Its Masters

The new attack exploits the same vulnerabilities as the WannaCry ransomware but, rather than freeze files, uses hacked computers to mine virtual currency. Credit: Andrew Brookes/Getty ImagesAnother large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week’s assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday. The new attack targets the same vulnerabilities the WannaCry ransomware worm exploited but, rather than freeze files, uses the hundreds of thousands of computers believed to have been infected to mine virtual currency. Following the detection of the WannaCry attack on Friday, “researchers at Proofpoint discovered a new attack linked to WannaCry called Adylkuzz,” said Nicolas Godier, a researcher at the computer security firm. “It uses the hacking tools recently disclosed by the NSA and which have since been fixed by Microsoft in a more stealthy manner and for a different purpose,” he said. Instead of completely disabling an infec

WannaCry Has a More Lucrative Cousin That Mines Cryptocurrency for Its Masters

The same exploits that enabled WannaCry to spread globally have been in use in another malware attack since April, making far more money in the process.

Wed 17 May 17 from MIT Technology Review

Another large-scale cyberattack underway: experts

Another large-scale, stealthy cyberattack is underway on a scale that could dwarf last week's assault on computers worldwide, a global cybersecurity firm told AFP on Wednesday.

Wed 17 May 17 from Phys.org

WannaCry cousin uses your computer to mine Bitcoins

WannaCry might have wreaked havoc all over the globe, but it apparently has a cousin that's been far more effective in earning money for its creators. While looking into the WannaCry ...

Thu 18 May 17 from Engadget

Botnet using NSA's exploits could grow bigger than WannaCry - CNET

The Adylkuzz malware spreads the same way the WannaCry ransomware does, but it's sneakier.

Wed 17 May 17 from CNET Cutting Edge

Massive, Stealthy Cyberattack Underway That Is ‘Much Bigger Than WannaCry’

The new attack exploits the same vulnerabilities as the WannaCry ransomware but, rather than freeze files, uses hacked computers to mine virtual currency. Credit: Andrew Brookes/Getty ...

Wed 17 May 17 from Discovery News

The next cyber-attack could be even WORSE than WannaCry

The new threat known as Aylkuzz, has been flagged by Proofpoint, a cybersecurity firm based in Sunnyvale, California. It is unclear which computer system will be targeted, or when.

Wed 17 May 17 from Daily Mail

Massive cryptocurrency botnet used leaked NSA exploits weeks before WCry

Campaign that flew under the radar used hacked computers to mine Monero currency.

Tue 16 May 17 from Arstechnica

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