We’ve seen cryptocurrency hungry hackers hiding mining malware in Adobe Flash updates, and even in legitimate Windows update, but now hackers are hiding it in cracked audio production software.
Security researchers at ESET have uncovered a Monero cryptocurrency mining bot called LoudMiner. Hackers have been distributing it since August 2018, but in the past month has begun to surface in pirated versions of VST (Visual Studio Technology).
Indeed, hiding malware in pirated software is nothing new. One always dances with the devil when downloading bootleg programs, but LoudMiner is unique in that it’s cross-platform, affecting both MacOS and Windows users.
LoudMiner in unique in that it runs on a Tiny Core Linux virtual machine, meaning it can run on both operating systems.