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This malware mines cryptocurrency and spreads itself through Facebook Messenger

By Nickey Ross - on 22 Dec 2017, 11:44am

This malware mines cryptocurrency and spreads itself through Facebook Messenger

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Cryptocurrency is all the hype, and that also means that someone somewhere would be employing unethical methods to try and capitalize on it. In this case, Trend Micro has reported a malware called Digmine that wants to do just that. The malware takes the form of a video file named video_xxxx.zip, and infects victims who attempt to run it. 

What happens next is that it installs a Chrome extension that gives it access to a victim's Facebook profile, before sending direct messages to their contacts with the malware file. However, users who access the malware on their mobile will not be affected as it only works when people access the file on the desktop version of Chrome.

Once Digmine gets on your device, it will download a few components that include a cryptocurrency miner that will mine the Monero cryptocurrency. Digmine has made appearances in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Philippines, Azerbaijan, Venezuela and Ukraine, demonstrating its potential to disperse elsewhere. 

Links associated with Digmine were removed from Facebook, but it doesn't stop hackers from manipulating the existing links to continue preying on Facebook users, in addition to adding more code to allow the malware to seize a user's account. If Facebook suspects that a user's device is infected, it will provide a free anti-virus scan from its trusted partners.

Source: Gizmodo.