Hackers Using New Spider-Man Movie to Spread Monero-Mining Malware on Torrent Sites

Hackers Using New Spider-Man Movie to Spread Monero-Mining Malware on Torrent Sites

Cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of massive public interest in "Spider-Man: No Way Home" by planting cryptocurrency mining malware in pirated copies of the hit movie that are spreading on torrent websites, according to a recent report by cybersecurity company ReasonLabs.The company has discovered a torrent file, which most likely originated from a Russian torrenting website, that comes with a self-compiled version of "xmrig," a popular open-source program for mining the Monero cryptocurrency.The cryptojacking malware is capable of remaining unnoticed by setting up exclusions for Microsoft Defender Antivirus scans.While being relatively benign compared to ransomware, stealth crypto mining will dramatically slow down the victim's computer by putting its CPU under intense pressure. Coupled with a big electricity bill, one could pay a much steeper price for trying to download movies than actually going to the theater in order to see one.

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