Access Mining: How a Prominent Cryptomining Botnet is Paving the Way for a Lucrative and Illicit Revenue Model


The VMware Carbon Black Threat Analysis Unit has uncovered a secondary component in a well-known cryptomining campaign. The malware has been enhanced to also steal system access information for possible sale on the dark web. Combined together, this attack is being classified as “Access Mining.” This discovery indicates a bigger trend of commodity malware evolving to mask a darker purpose and will force a change in the way cybersecurity professionals classify, investigate and protect themselves from threats.

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