Linux Cryptominer Uses Virtual Machines to Attack Windows, macOS

bleepingcomputer | June 20, 2019

Linux Cryptominer Uses Virtual Machines to Attack Windows, macOS
A new cryptocurrency mining malware dubbed LoudMiner uses virtualization software to deploy a Linux XMRig coinminer variant on Windows and macOS systems via a Tiny Core Linux virtual machine.The malware comes bundled within cracked copies Windows and macOS VST software such as Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live, Sylenth1, Nexus, Reaktor, and AutoTune. LoudMiner is distributed via an attacker-controlled website which currently links to 137 VST-related apps, 42 of them for Windows and 95 for the macOS platform, all of them frequently updated and hosted on 29 servers, as discovered by ESET Research's detection engineer Michal Malik.

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Most small, growing businesses start as a collection of laptops and/or desktops. With limited internal resources, small budgets, and lack of IT staff, rather than create a data center they typically leverage software as a service (SaaS) for productivity and file sync and share for collaboration. Eventually, as the organization grows, they need more control over their infrastructure and the need for a data center emerges. That data center grows over time, typically starting as one server hosting one particular application, and then adding more servers and applications. Many organizations choose to implement server virtualization to gain hardware and IT administration efficiencies. The problem is that most storage systems don’t scale the same way a data center emerges, which leads to wasted IT budget and inefficient use of storage resources.

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