Cryptocurrency mining malware infects over 500,000 PCs with NSA exploit

New cryptocurrency mining viruses have lately spread to infect Windows computers as virtual currency-related malware becomes popular and profitable among cyber criminals.

The viruses are being spread using same EternalBlue exploit, which has been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The exploit was recently used as part of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack.

According to researchers from Proofpoint, a massive global botnet dubbed ‘Smominru’ is using EternalBlue SMB exploit to infect PCs and secretly mine monero cryptocurrency (valued at $245.47) for its master.