From a cybersecurity point of view, 2017 has not been the best of years. In fact, there have been so many new threats, there’s genuine reason to be afraid. The rise of hidden Monero mining scripts is one of those problems people shouldn’t overlook. It seems a new variant, known as Digimine, is spreading through Facebook Messenger. Criminals will continue to use methods like these to make money until people start taking device security more seriously.
Digimine Targets Facebook Messenger Users
Truth be told, it was only a matter of time until we saw the next evolution of Monero mining scripts. We know these scripts have been embedded on a lot of websites this year, either by design or through some malicious meddling by hackers. So far, most of these scripts have not caused any major harm in the end, but that could change pretty quickly. That’s especially the case now that cybercriminals are looking for new ways to mine Monero with other people’s computer resources.
A cryptocurrency miner known as Digimine was identified by Trend Micro earlier this week. It seems this bot spreads through Facebook Messenger, which has quickly become one of the world’s most prominent chatting and instant messaging tools. Addressing any issues affecting this popular messaging platform will not be easy whatsoever. With hundreds of millions of people using Facebook Messenger, it is evident there is plenty of reason to be concerned about Digimine.
This Monero mining bot was first discovered in South Korea, which isn’t surprising. After all, we have seen North Korean hackers successfully attack and harass their South Korean counterparts in connection with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on multiple occasions. However, Digimine is not just a problem in South Korea, as it has shown up in other parts of the world as well.
Reports relating to the Digimine bot have surfaced in Vietnam, the Philippines, Ukraine, and even Venezuela. It is not entirely…