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Skype Malware Mines Bitcoin - Ask the Geek Ask the Geek

Skype Malware Mines Bitcoin

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There’s been an outbreak in malware that once infected a computer uses its resources to mine bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a digital currency based on a P2P network that uses user machines to solve transactions and reward the user with some of the currency. The malware creators can abuse a big number of computers to generate this currency much faster. There’s an obvious monetary incentive.

The virus infects the computer via Skype messages by sending a link and enticing the victim to click it. The messages usually say something like “here’s a picture of you”. Once on the computer it launches the bitcoin mining process which uses the CPU and slows down your machine significantly.

You can read more about this virus on the Kaspersky Lab blog.

Be careful and never click suspicious links!

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