Stealthy Crypto-Mining malware evades detection

A coin-miner goes undetected by using Windows Installer as an evasion technique, says Trend Micro.

Cryptocurrency mining has become a fairly easy way to manufacture currency, and according to Trend Micro, a new cryptocurrency-mining malware uses evasion techniques, including Windows Installer, as part of its routine.

In the cryptocurrency miner identified as Coinminer.Win32.MALXMR.TIAOODAM, researchers noted the use of multiple obfuscation and packing routines. The malware leverages the Windows platform, and though it has an overall low risk rating, the damage potential scored in the medium range.

While the results might be lucrative, the process is actually quite resource-intensive, which is one reason malicious actors continue to find ways to exploit other machines using mining malware. These malware have been largely successful in avoiding detection, particularly when combined with obfuscation routines, according to Trend Micro.

Read entire article Stealthy Crypto-Mining malware evades detection | Kacy Zurkus | InfoSecurity

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