A leaked software from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been potent for hackers in aiding illegal mining of cryptocurrencies. This was revealed in a report of the Cyber Threat Alliance, a cybersecurity consortium on September 19.
The NSA’s Leaked Software
Eternal Blue, a software that exploits vulnerabilities in Microsoft systems software has been attributed to the cause of the increase in the rate of illegal cryptocurrency mining according to the Cyber Threat Alliance, a cybersecurity consortium in a report recently.
The report noted that illegal crypto mining that increased by 459% since a year ago was caused by the leaked software from The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to the world wide web.
According to the report, 85% of illegal cryptocurrency mining has been targeted at Monero, while Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies cover the 8% and the 7% of illegal mining respectively.
Experts in the cybersecurity field noted that hackers were unaware of the potency of such software before it was leaked in 2017. After its leak, it was tested by hackers, and this has been beneficial for their dubious acts since then.
The eternal blue software was first stolen from the NSA in 2017, by the shadow brothers hacking group. After stealing it, they made the source code available publicly, which led to subsequent use by other groups of hackers. The software became very prominent after the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks.
Meanwhile, to guard against the exploitation of the vulnerabilities in Microsoft world systems software, a senior director at Microsoft Corp., noted that a security update was released in March 2017 and customers who applied the update are protected from the malicious use of the eternal blue software.
Illegal Cryptocurrency Mining On The Increase
As earlier reported, illegal mining has grown by 459% since last year. The news of illegal cryptocurrency mining has become a trending issue of recent, most especially.
A recent report shows that one out of three organizations in the UK have fallen victim to illegal cryptocurrency mining in the past.
Cryptojacking malware is usually programmed to attack systems and websites. This makes the system owners and website visitors mine cryptocurrency for the hackers unconsciously.
Recently, a widespread malware attack was reported in India, which even involved the government websites. A new crypto jacking malware named WannaMine was noted to be capable of spreading across the web.