A major mining botnet has been discovered on the Monero (XMR) mining protocol in which over 35,000 computer systems across Latin America have been found to be infected.
The botnet, known as Victory Gate, dates back to May 2019 and has been identified in three different variants, ever since it was originally discovered by cyber security firm ESET.
Since then, all three forms of the malware have been widely prevalent in computers across South America.
Monero Mining Malware a Common Problem
It’s believed most of the victims were targeted using a USB or SSD, which would install an infected payload onto the computer once inserted.
The Monero mining botnet would then be activated, and commands to the node would run the Monero mining protocol on the computer.
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