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New Linux coin miner kills competing malware to maximize profits

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Security experts from Trend Micro have discovered a new strain of coin miner that targets the Linux platform and installs the XMR-StakCryptonight cryptocurrency miner.

Security experts from Trend Micro have discovered a new strain of coin miner that targets the Linux platform and installs the XMR-StakCryptonight cryptocurrency miner, researchers observed it killing other Linux malware and coin miners present on the infected machine.

The experts detected a coinminerscript on one of their honeypots and, the malicious code shares some parts with theXbashmalware and theKORKERDScryptocurrency miner that leverages rootkit to avoid detection.

“We found the script capable of deleting a number of known Linux malware, coin miners, and connections to other miner services and ports, and we observed some parts of the script to be reminiscent ofXbashfeatures andKORKERDS.” reads the analysis published by Trend Micro.

“It installs a cryptocurrency-mining malware as well as implant itself...(continued)

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