WannaMine

Posted: May 14, 2019

WannaMine Description

Ever since the boom of the cryptocurrency markets, the cybercriminals have been looking for ways to exploit this opportunity for monetary gain. Their primary tools seemed to be ransomware that requires a payment via cryptocurrency or clipboard malware that replaces the wallet address victims use for transactions, therefore ensuring that the attacker will be the final recipient of the money. Another tool that has been gaining traction among cybercriminals are the so-called crypto mining threats. These programs are meant to use the hardware resources of the victim’s computer to mine for various cryptocurrencies without the user’s approval – all of the money generated is then transferred to the account of the attacker.

One of the significant malware variants used in an operation of this sort is called WannaMine, and it boasts self-propagation and self-preservation features that certainly contributed towards its broad reach and low detection rates. When the WannaMine is initialized on a computer, it may begin to utilize a large portion of the available CPU and RAM resources to mine cryptocurrency – while this may sound harmless, it may diminish the system’s performance and reduce its lifespan.

The initial infection vector that the WannaMine’s authors use may vary, but they tend to stick to simple tricks such as fake downloads or bogus email attachments. However, once the WannaMine is started on a compromised computer, it may use PowerShell and the Window Management Instrumentation feature to attempt to sniff out other login details that would allow it to connect to other remote computers and infect them too immediately. If this does not work, the criminals have implemented a backup propagation method – the use of the EternalBlue exploit that gained popularity during the WannaCry Ransomware outbreak.

Protecting yourself from the WannaMine malware requires the use of a reputable anti-virus software suite that will keep an eye on all incoming files and look for potentially harmful traits. Furthermore, an anti-virus tool would be able to spot WannaMine’s mining activity and cease it immediately.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to WannaMine may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

Download SpyHunter's Malware Scanner

Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.

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