Posted: May 15, 2013
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 9/10
Infected PCs 201

Kexqoud Description

Kexqoud is a Trojan that uses an affected computer without a PC owner's consent to create a specific digital currency known as Bitcoins. Kexqoud uses a legal program used for mining Bitcoins, using multiple accounts, to create this currency. Kexqoud is often bundled with legal applications such as games and productivity tools. Once executed, Kexqoud adds a copy of itself to the %APPDATA% directory with a random file name. Kexqoud also adds a legal Bitcoin-mining tool in the %TEMP% directory, also with a random file name. Kexqoud may also make the modifications to the Windows Registry, to assure that it runs automatically every time the PC user starts the computer. To automatically run on system start, Kexqoud adds the registry keys. Kexqoud runs the Bitcoin-mining client in a manner that attributes newly-generated Bitcoins to an account indicated by an attacker. This means, that any Bitcoins the computer user generates, inadvertently or purposefully, will be credited to the attacker. The mining client is configured to run with high CPU utilization, which may notably slow the performance of the infected computer.

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Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\{Value}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[malware file name]" = "%AppData%\[malware filename].exe"

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