New Linux coin miner kills competing malware to maximize profits


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February 10, 2019 By Pierluigi Paganini

Security experts from Trend Micro have discovered a new strain of coin miner that targets the Linux platform and installs the XMR-Stak Cryptonight cryptocurrency miner.


Security experts from Trend Micro have discovered a new strain of coin miner that targets the Linux platform and installs the XMR-Stak Cryptonight cryptocurrency miner, researchers observed it killing other Linux malware and coin miners present on the infected machine.


The experts detected a coinminer script on one of their honeypots and, the malicious code shares some parts with the Xbash malware and the KORKERDS cryptocurrency miner that leverages rootkit to avoid detection.

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