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.
Meet Adylkuzz – the new cyberattack that “is much bigger than WannaCry.”
Instead of completely disabling an infected computer by encrypting data and seeking a ransom payment, Adylkuzz uses the machines it infects to “mine” in a background task a virtual currency, Monero, and transfer the money created to the authors of the virus.
Proofpoint said in a blog that symptoms of the attack include loss of access to shared Windows resources and degradation of PC and server performance, effects which some users may not notice immediately.
“As it is silent and doesn’t trouble the user, the Adylkuzz attack is much more profitable for the cyber criminals. It transforms the infected users into unwitting financial supporters of their attackers,” said Godier.
Proofpoint said it has detected infected machines that have transferred several thousand dollars worth of Monero to the creators of the virus. The firm believes Adylkuzz has been on the loose since at least May 2, and perhaps even since April 24, but due to its stealthy nature was not immediately detected. Proofpoint’s vice president for email products, Robert Holmes, told AFP...
“We don’t know how big it is” but “it’s much bigger than WannaCry”,
“We have seen that before — malwares mining cryptocurrency — but not this scale,” said Holmes.
It uses the hacking tools recently disclosed by the NSA “in a more stealthy manner and for a different purpose.” As InfoRiskToday details…