French Police ‘Neutralize’ Monero Mining Virus on 850k Devices

Aziz Abdel-Qader reports:

The cybercrime unit at French police has uncovered and neutralized a virus that secretly infected more than 850,000 devices worldwide to mine a cryptocurrency called Monero (XMR). Monero, as a cryptocurrency focused on privacy and anonymity, was reported as forming the preferred target for miners malware.

Dubbed “Retadup” and originating from the Paris region, the latest threat had used the processor power of hundreds of thousands of Windows-operating computers, in over 100 countries, to generate coins for the perpetrators.

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