Linux cryptocurrency miners are installing rootkits to hide themselves

Security researchers from Trend Micro have stumbled upon a new malware strain that mines cryptocurrency on Linux computers, but which is also different from previously seen cryptominers because it downloads a rootkit to alter the operating system’s behavior and hide the unwanted high CPU usage that usually comes with cryptocurrency mining. Currently, Trend Micro has not identified the way through which the malware –which they named KORKERDS– infects systems, but they don’t believe this recent wave of infections is the result of an intrusive mass-hacking campaign.

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