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New Skype trojan mines Bitcoin via your PC

A new kind of Trojan is going around that converts your computer into a Bitcoin miner.  Currently the outbreak of the trojan is mainly located in Eastern Europe, Spain and in parts of Central America but is progressing rapidly.

A new kind of Skype generated trojan is making the rounds and it is converting PCs into Bitcoin miners.  Bitcoin mining is a way in which Bitcoin currency is stolen. 

According to the security firm Kaspersky Lab, this trojan infection “turns the infected machine to a slave of the bitcoin generator [and] the usage of CPU grows up significantly.”  

Kaspersky says the process “runs with the command ?bitcoin-miner.exe -a 60 -l no -o http://suppp.cantvenlinea.biz:1942/ -u [email protected] -p XXXXXXXX", where “x” designates sensitive data on any given computer

The trojan is passed along via a Skype instant message that reads, “This is my favorite picture of you”, and then gives a link for the user to click on.

Kaspersky says the trojan is growing by 2000 clicks per hour and has been identified as “Trojan.Win32.Jorik.IRCbot.xkt”.  According to the security firm, the trojan reaches out to a C2 server located in Germany with the IP designation of

Bitcoin has become quite popular going up in value tremendously over the past few weeks and has even caught the attention of major investors.  Currently, one Bitcoin is valued at over 140 U.S. dollars.

Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor is an accomplished writer who works as a freelance journalist and has contributed to many award winning media agencies, which includes VRzone. Born in 1971, Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Journalism, graduating Magna Cum Laude. An eclectic writer, Taylor specializes in editorials, trending technologies and controversial topics such as hacktivism and government spying.

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