Cryptocurrency scammers using exploit on at least 700000 computers?

Cryptocurrency scammers using exploit on at least 700000 computers

Although technology is advancing at a fast pace, hackers and cryptocurrency scammers are employing new tricks and techniques to carry out their schemes, this time, however, a new technique was employed but with old Widows computer.

Recent reports suggest that a huge number of older Windows computers are considered to be vulnerable, as, hackers are busy developing sophisticated ways of embedding cryptocurrency miners so that they can compromise private data from random targets.

Cryptocurrency scammers using Windows exploit to mine

Despite the fact that this vulnerability was affecting computers with Windows 7 and older versions, this vulnerability known as the BlueKeep Vulnerability was discovered this year in May. Currently, about 700,000 computers with older versions of Windows are at the risk and mercy of cryptocurrency scammers.

The BlueKeep vulnerability enables hackers to exploit the Remote Desktop Protocol of Microsoft and allows them to use the remote code execution. This is one of the many mining scams and attempted scams that have been circulating around the sphere.

The good news is that the latest patch was able to fix this problem, however; these computers are so old that most of the users of these might not have even heard of updates or even cared to switch.

The hackers found a way to harness the power of this huge number of computers for embedded cryptocurrency miners. The statistics on affected computers are still unknown.

As, for those, who are owners of computers with older versions, they should consider switching to newer versions.

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Ahmad Asghar

Ahmad Asghar

A first generation gamer at heart and tech buff by nature, have been involved in the tech sector for better part of a decade. With that insight and knowledge, he now covers blockchain, cryptocurrency and everything fintech so others can make sense of the industry.

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