Qualys is actively tracking threats which target containers. In our recent analysis, we have identified a few docker instances executing a malware which we term as “LibMiner”. This malware has the capability to deploy and execute Cryptominer. It uses a unique technique for lateral movement across the containers as well as Linux systems, executing on unprotected Redis servers and initiating mining on them. The malware has the ability to protect its termination, thus making it impossible to gain control over it. This blog post uncovers the unique techniques and tactics used by LibMiner.
Cryptojacking attacks are evolving over time to better evade detection by both end users and protection technologies. It’s therefore important for security teams to understand how these attacks work so they can best protect their system resources. In a recent talk at AVAR 2018, Qualys Malware Research Labs presented an analysis of several evasion techniques used by attackers to deliver the Cryptojacking code to web browser and how existing protection technologies stack up against them.
Early Cryptojacking Attacks
CoinHive was the first browser-based CryptoMining service provider. They made it possible to enable browser-based mining on a website by embedding just a few lines of code. Adversaries seized this opportunity and Cryptojacking attacks became prevalent.
Qualys Malware Research Labs recently released the Qualys BrowserCheck CoinBlocker Chrome Extension. We have seen enthusiastic adoption from users across the globe in the first week since its release, which has given us enough telemetry data to indicate success in protecting users from popular cryptojacking attacks. This blog post details these detection statistics and analyzes a few interesting cryptojacking campaigns uncovered by Qualys BrowserCheck CoinBlocker.
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Qualys BrowserCheck CoinBlocker Detection Statistics
The world heat map below shows the geographical distribution of mining threats as a percentage of detections blocked by Qualys BrowserCheck CoinBlocker. The Top 5 countries where mining threats are detected and blocked are Bulgaria (33%) topped the list followed by India (18%), the United States (16%), Argentina (10%) and Thailand (9%).