‘WinstarNssmMiner' Cryptojacking System Shuts Down Computer When Put Against AntiVirus Software
Online users are being advised today to be aware of a new cryptojacking system that is able to shut down when confronted with conventional anti-virus software.
Dubbed ‘WinstarNssmMiner' by the team at Qihoo 360 Total Security has already made its presence known among people online, having been successful in extracting thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency at this early stage.
Unlike other cryptojacking programs, ‘WinstarNssmMiner' is different. Based on a conventional XMR mining rig, it differs significantly when placed up against antivirus programmes. ‘Winstar' is capable of shutting down the entire system to prevent a confrontation with the program.
By avoiding confrontation, the computer is forced to crash, leaving the user with a blue screen. Meanwhile, ‘WinstartNssmMiner' can then proceed to use the processing power of the computer to mine cryptocurrency with the user powerless to prevent it.
Currently, the crypto of choice by the jacking platform is Monero, due to its privacy focus. This coin prevents users from obtaining the various addresses involved in transactions. The anonymity combined with the focus it places on being able to be mined with cheap equipment.
Despite the affordability of cybercrime, Monero remains a coin with a high price attached and is greatly desired by users of the dark web. Valued at $203 per coin, they remain a crypto to be reckoned with.
It's believed that currently, WinstartNssmMiner has already successfully extracted 133 coins, worth $26,800.