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Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware Infects 500,000 Machines

Qihoo 360 Total Security researchers discovered a new cryptocurrency-mining malware that crashes the system if a user attempts to remove its mining process. Dubbed WinstarNssmMiner, the malware has been leveraged in over half a million attacks in the past three days alone. Once executed, the malware creates two processes on the infected device, a mining function using the XMRig Monero miner and another process used for detecting antivirus products. If the malware detects a reputable antivirus solution, it will stop the infection attempt. The NJCCIC recommends all users review the Qihoo 360 Total Security blog for more information. Additionally, install a reputable antivirus/ antimalware solution on all systems to protect against this and similar threats.