XBash Crypto Mining Malware Is A New Cryptojacking Threat To Bitcoin Users
There are many things going in the world of ransomware and malware. Crypto has continued to be a major target for criminals who operate in this area. There is a new malware called Xbash, which seems to combine all of the worst aspects of existing malware into one. This is a worrisome development, especially if it is not stopped early enough.
XBash Poses A Major Threat
Crypto enthusiasts have seen their fair share of problems with malware in all its different forms. There have been wallet-stealers, software that alters clipboard information, Trojans, and ransomware are just some of the few examples. To add insult to injury, cryptojacking malware has become quite popular. There have been hundreds of thousands of devices infected with this malware in just the last few months.
It seems criminals are planning to bring the worst of malware in a new campaign. This new malware is called the XBash strain. It is the first example of what the future might look like. The malware has been designed to go after Linux and Windows operating systems. It utilizes cryptojacking, ransomware, notnet, and self-propagation tools in one swoop.
The Multi-Functional Malware Industry
The multi-functional malware sector has been growing for a while now. Although combining data destruction and malware is not new, cryptojacking and botnets are all new features. It shows that criminals are determined to explore new ways to milk as much out of victims as they can. The fact that XBash can self-propagate throughout a network raises many worrying questions.
Early reports show that a few dozen organization and people have been the victims of XBASh. It is expected that some of the victims made the ransom payments. Thus far, criminals have managed to steal about $6,000 from their victims. That figure is surprising since even after payment has been made, XBash does not offer any method for the users to recover their data.
Under The Hood
XBash appears to be an amalgamation of three vulnerabilities under the hood. These vulnerabilities can be leveraged against any windows and Linux system. The choice to add Linux is rather telling. This is because Windows is the most popular OS among users globally. However, things are different in the business world. Here, Linux takes the day. This confirms that XBash was not designed to target small users.
It Is Similar To WannaCry
Researchers of digital security have raised concern that XBash operates in a similar manner to WannaCry and NotPetya. It is possible that the malware borrowed its code from the two strains of malware. This is logical since both of them have proven to be quite a success in recent years, reaching almost every country with an internet connection globally. With this malware, it is worth noting that cryptojacking will continue to play a growing role in the malware sector.
They Might Not win
Those propagating this malware might not win. If companies follow basic security protocol such as updating systems often, the malware might not prove that successful.