Rise of WannaMine – Cybercriminals now use an NSA Exploit mine crypto-coins
Cybercriminal group named Shadow Brokers is responsible for the leaked NSA exploit named EternalBlue. Since its release EternalBlue was used in the WannaCry attack which affected more than 230.000 computers across the world, then was used in an attack that was intended to cripple networks around the globe.
Security researchers discovered that EternalBlue is used to hijack devices to mine crypto coins.
The new attack is called WannaMine and it may seams is less threatening then WannaCry because it goes undetected by cybersecurity software or users. Our experts say that this attack is more dangerous then WannaCry because any infection it is hard to detect since no application is installed in the hijacked device.
WannaMine is using hijacked device power to mine crypto-coins which made multiple companies un-operable due to the lack of processing power their devices had.
The WannaMine attack is distributed via links inside emails or web pages or via targeted remote access.
It is interesting because WannaMine first choice of attack is a tool named Mimikatz, this tool extracts logins and passwords from a computer’s memory. If Mimikatz fails, only then EternalBlue is used to breach in. After making the breach in a way or another WannaMine will use PowerShell and Windows Management Instrumentation to do the mining of Monero crypto coin using CPU power without rising any suspicions form its user. In the same time, it will use the stolen credentials or EternalBlue to infect other computers if the already infected computer is connected to a local network.
The choice of using both penetration options, Mimikatz and EternalBlue, it is logical, because if a system is already patched against EternalBlue, the Mimikatz will do the job in most of the cases.
WannaMine is more profitable and more sophisticated then WannaCry because it makes money no matter what if it is present in the infected device. Don’t get fooled because of its lack of direct aggressiveness compared to WannaCry attack. WannaMine already made several companies services go down due to the lack o power that a computer have after infection.
Our expert says that this type of attack is a massive threat to the companies because only a few antivirus solutions will detect an infection that doesn’t write files to HDDs.
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