Cryptocurrency mining malware infects half a million computers

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Monero is quickly becoming the most popular cryptocurrency for hackers and the black market. Pic by Wit Olszewski

A malware that hijacks computers and turns them into a cryptocurrency mining zombie is spreading.

Cyber security firm Proofpoint discovered the malware dubbed “Smominru” that has infected 526,000 computers around the world.

Monero is quickly becoming the most popular cryptocurrency for hackers and the black market.

Unlike Bitcoin which is very transparent, Monero is completely private and transactions are completely untraceable.

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Tuesday, February 6 2018
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Featured in storyAssociate Professor Ellie Rennie, Cryptocurrency researcher in the RMIT Blockchain Innovation HubSimon Smith, Cyber Security and Cryptocurrency expert
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