Monday, April 8, 2013

New Bitcoin Skype Malware Spreading At 2,000 Clicks Per Hour

A new piece of malware is rocking the Internet society now as it has been found that it is spreading through Skype which basically  uses the infected computers to mine for Bitcoins and then make the owner of the malware money. 

It was discovered by by security firm Kaspersky, the malware is named “Trojan.Win32.Jorik.IRCbot.xkt,” and is spreading at an alarming rate. The malware is thought to have started in Europe, with the worst hit places including Italy, Russia, Poland, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, and Ukraine. The average clicking rates have hit around 2,000 clicks per hour,meanwhile The initial piece of malware is thought to have been developed in India, but also relies on servers in Germany (the IP of the server is: Once the user clicks the malware link, the trojan releases other pieces of malware which, using Hotfile, download additional information while the software awaits further instructions. The network of infected computers can be used to mine Bitcoins, as the more CPU power you have, the more Bitcoins you get. The people behind the malware then sell the Bitcoins at a profit, while the host computer is slow or unstable due to the load.

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