Malware has always been able to make headlines on our DC Forecasts crypto news site, mostly because of the dangers associated with their mining activities. In a new research by the computer security firm McAfee Labs, a lethal new cryptojacking malware called “WebCobra” has been proven to steal victims’ computing power in order to mine the altcoins Monero and Zcash in a secret way.
The spike in the crypto prices has also inspired a new wave of cybercriminals that use malware to cannibalize the unsuspecting victims’ computers in order to mine crypto.
According to McAfee Labs, the Russian application WebCobra installs the Cryptonight miner or Claymore’s Zcash miner depending on the custom configuration of the victim’s machine. As McAfee observed:
“On x86 systems, it injects Cryptonight miner code into a running process and launches a process monitor. On x64 systems, it checks the GPU configuration and downloads and executes Claymore’s Zcash miner from a remote server.”
Even though the malware was created in Russia, researchers claim that it has spread around the world – and there have been infections found in Brazil, South Africa as well as the United States. McAfee Labs also warned the users to look out for potential signs from their computers, stating:
“Once a machine is compromised, a malicious app runs silently in the background with just one sign: performance degradation. As the malware increases power consumption, the machine slows down, leaving the owner with a headache and an unwelcome bill.”
This attack is another clear example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is a problem, according to many experts in the field. Meanwhile, cryptojacking has surged by 459% this year alone, according to recent research.
Coinbase Adds PayPal Withdrawals To Its Platform (For U.S. Citizens)
“There is new technical work to make this possible, and that was done in conjunction with PayPal.”However, this Friday Osgood wrote that the partnership provides Coinbase customers an alternative to the traditional federal wire or automated clearing house (ACH) network that they were required to use. As he said:
“These traditional finance networks can add up to two business days to a withdrawal. We’re always looking for ways to not only meet the bar set by traditional finance, but raise it. That’s why we rebuilt our integration to ensure that the speed and reliability of PayPal withdrawals does just that.”The service is for now only available to customers in the United States, but could continue to be added to other nations across 2019, as Osgood wrote.
Bitcoin Plunges To A Yearly Low, Market Is ‘Prepared’ To Go Below $100 Billion
“As BTC is approaching the target of the 2014 fractal the targets of most people change from 3k to 1k and even lower. I still think $2,700 is an excellent place to buy if we should go there. ‘History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.’”Currently, there is a big risk in shorting and longing Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies in the market, which is why investors are observing the short-term trend of the crypto market by holding out on their trading activity.
TRON’s DApp Usage Jumps 48% To +1 Million Transactions Last Week
“This week, the 24-hour transaction number for Dapps reached 1.04M, a 48% increase compared with last week; the 24-hour trading volume hit 640M TRX, an 151% increase compared with last week. We have seen significant increases in both indexes […]”One of the most interesting projects built on Tron is Seedit which is a decentralized platform that lets users contribute funds to the content creators that they most appreciate. Project Atlas is also a well-known project which incentivizes people to seed content on the BitTorrent protocol, which was acquired by Tron back in July this year.
Bitcoin Cash Drops Again By 15 Percent While Other Cryptocurrencies Take A Stronger Hit
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