Cutting the Wrong Wire: how a Clumsy Attacker Revealed a Global Cryptojacking Campaign

Botconf 2018
2023-04-25 | 12:30 – 12:50

Renato Marinho 🗣

We have seen a massive spike in malicious crypto mining campaigns killing themselves for the chance to have their victim’s CPU. The shorter and shorter time window between vulnerability disclosure and cryptojacking opportunistic attacks taking advantage of them may help us to understand how profitable they are to the point of getting priority over ransomware attacks. This article consists of a walk-through on a remarkable incident caused by an eager and clumsy attacker which ended up revealing multiple cryptojacking campaigns targeting large organizations across the world in early 2018.

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