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Hackers exploit Jenkins servers, make $3 million by mining Monero

February 20, 2018

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If you run a Jenkins server, you might want to make sure it is fully patched, since researchers found “one of the biggest malicious mining operations ever discovered.” The cyber crooks have already made more than $3 million by installing malware that mines for Monero on vulnerable Windows machines. And now they are honing in on vulnerable, yet powerful, Jenkins servers.

“The operation uses a hybridization of a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) and XMRig miner” that is “capable of running on many platforms and Windows versions,” the security firm Check Point revealed. Most victims, so far, were “personal computers. With every campaign, the malware has gone through several updates and the mining pool used to transfer the profits is also changed.”

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