Monero Hacker Gang Is Back With a Bang


According to a report as published by the Japanese cybersecurity firm called Trend Micro, the Monero cryptojacking hacker group called as Outlaw has came back and is aiming for businesses within the US and Europe. The gang has begun hacking the Linux-based systems platforms in order to redirect them into mining the Cryptocurrencies, as per the report which has been published. It also states that the report publisher has become mute as last June before the making a reappearance in the month of December. Trend Micro says that the hacker group has upgraded its earlier cracking open toolkit. It also extends its scanner parameters and ambitions with improved techniques of evasion. The Outlaw has outperformed previous miners and other cryptojacking groups. Trend Micros analysis says the hacking kits were designed to steal data from the automotive and finance industries and also launch subsequent attacks on already compromised systems. A gaggle of Monero cryptojacking hackers called ‘Outlaw’ have made their return and are reportedly targeting businesses within the U.S. and Europe.

According to a report published on Monday by Japanese cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, the group has begun hijacking Linux-based systems so as to force them into mining Cryptocurrency. The report claims that Outlaw had originally gone silent since last June, before making a come back in late December, the safety firm’s analysis says the hacking kits were designed to save the system. The report as published by the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has opened up about that Outlaw had begun to become active again as in the month of December last year. After analyzing more than 456 various IPs, the researchers arrived at the conclusion that the new kits were more powerful and efficient than the previous one and they expect that it will become even better. The new kit starts by killing off competing cryptojacking malware, including miners it’s previously installed. The Monero cryptojacking group gained fame and popularity in 2018 when security researchers discovered a Perl Shelbot it had built. Now it’s expanded its scope, with the newest report revealing that it’s targeting American and European businesses.

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Also conscious of the prevailing laws in Europe, they will avoid prosecution in certain countries as long as they avoid attacking them, the report stated. Despite the upgrades in the group’s hacking method, the group combines and mixes the old and the new counting on the main strategy that had been employing in the past to maximize and gain profit without giving in maximum effort. The research analysts have also revealed that the new toolkit targets the Linux- and Unix-based operating systems, basic vulnerable servers and program networks, and the World Wide Web along with IoT devices by exploiting the previous programs. The kit is particularly bent steal information from the finance and auto industries then sell it, probably on the dark web.

Not much is understood about Outlaw, including its name or where the group is based. The name ‘Outlaw’ was made up by Trend Micro researchers, a translation of the Romanian word ‘haiduc’ which is the groups patent and most frequent hacking tool. In its first bunch of attacks in the year of 2018, the gang has compromised the servers and networks which belonged to a Japanese art establishment and was motivated by Bangladeshi government. Outlaw injects malicious codes on to the victim’s workstation which mines Monero. With Monero being a dark coin, it becomes far more difficult for law enforcement to travel after the group. This has made Monero the preferred choice for cybercriminals and the law enforcement have urged the coin listing exchange to bar the digital coin from their exchanges for the fear that it helps encourage cybercrime.

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Cryptocurrency hacking group “Outlaw” has reportedly returned with an upgraded toolset designed to kill existing mining software while they hijack computer powers to mine privacy-focused coin, Monero (XMR) which is in line with the reports by Japanese cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. Perhaps the group was busy updating their hacking kits to attack more enterprises, especially within the automotive and finance industries. The updated tools accompany improved features, including sophisticated target scanning capabilities, looped execution of files via error messages, and enhanced evasion techniques. The kits also are designed to reinforce crypto mining profit by eliminating both the competition and their own previous miners.

Mining power isn’t the sole thing the group can steal they will also use the upgraded kit to attack compromised systems to steal information and sell the info to bidders, Trend Micro said. They are going after enterprises that haven’t yet patched their systems, and also companies with an internet-facing system with no monitoring of or weak traffic activities. Outlaw was not in the scenario until June 2019 until they made a came back last year. The cybersecurity firm said they expect more activities from the group within the coming months thanks to their improved tools. Outlaw first introduced themselves in 2018, and since then, they had been attacking Cryptocurrency miners based in China. However, this point around, Trend Micro claimed that the hacking group could be targeting enterprises within the United States and Europe.

We will still observe the group’s activities as they aim industries from the US and Europe, the safety company said. The report further warned that the Outlaw’s new targets won’t only be enterprises because the improved tools included traces of Android Package Kits (APK) and Android Debug Bridge (ADB)-based comments that enable the Cryptocurrency or altcoins in mining activities in Android-based TVs. In another similar development has reported that Cybersecurity firm; Cyberbit discovered a Monero mining malware that was installed in 50% of the workstations. They stole the energy from an European airport to steal power to mine the Cryptocurrency.

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