XMRig Coin Miner: Adversaries Employ New Approaches to Illegal Crypto Mining

XMRIG Cryptominer

With a mounting number of cyber criminal operations pursuing the illicit installation of crypto mining software on victim devices and systems, increasing awareness of crypto-jacking is paramount. Earlier this Summer, US-CERT released a malware analysis report related to XMRig coin miner, detailing new approaches to hijacking victims’ devices and leveraging them for crypto mining.

CISA shone a spotlight on crypto mining droppers used to unsolicitedly deploy XMRig.

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XMRig-Based Campaign Description

The XMRig CPU Miner is a popular cryptocurrency mining tool. But the software is not only popular for legitimate operations. Adversaries frequently misuse XMRig for crypto mining on compromised computers. Cryptojacking attacks are often carried out using a trojan.

A recently researched Remote Access Tool (RAT) utilized as a crypto mining dropper provides threat actors with a vast array of C2 capabilities, reads the analysis published by CISA. The strain is a 64-bit Windows loader that contains an encrypted malicious executable. Once the attackers achieve persistence within a compromised network, they proceed with their prime objective, which is to execute the XMRig CoinMiner. Additionally, malware operators terminate antivirus tasks, gain reverse shell access, and move laterally through a network.

Adversaries quickly co-opt newly disclosed flaws into their illicit cryptocurrency mining activities.  To avoid unwanted impacts, stay up to date on threat hunting with scalable solutions provided by SOC Prime’s Detection as Code platform.

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