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New Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Has Links to North Korea

January 9, 2018

A malware tool for stealthily installing software that mines the Monero virtual currency looks like the handiwork of North Korean threat actors, AlienVault says.

A security vendor has found another clue that North Korea may be turning to illegal cryptocurrency mining as a way to bring cash into the nation’s economy amid tightening international sanctions.

AlienVault on Monday said it had recently discovered malware that is designed to stealthily install a miner for Monero, a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency, on end-user systems and to send any mined coins to the Kim Il Sung University (KSU) in Pyongyang.

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