Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner

Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner Description

The discovery of the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner occurred shortly after WannaCryptor managed to infect systems across 140 countries. Both threats take advantage of the MS17-010 (EternalBlue) software vulnerability in Windows to compromise devices. However, they are very different and have different goals. While WannaCryptor seeks to corrupt data and generate revenue for its developers, the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner is used to process financial transactions made with the Monero digital currency and claim a fee for the operation. As its name suggests, the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner is used to mine Moneros transferred over the Internet. The process is very resource hungry and taxing on machines. There is a business segment dedicated to investing in digital crypto-currency mining thanks to the expansion of markets that use digital currencies. Machines that are devoted to running the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner have no extra memory to handle additional tasks and would perform slower compared to regular computers significantly.

The Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner is not malware but a tool to make money from processing payment online. With that said, some programmers tinker with the code of miners like isMiner and Vnlgp Miner, which are then released to unsuspecting users as additional components of free software bundles. The operators of the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner took advantage of a known vulnerability in the SMB server and succeeded in infecting many devices over the Internet and LAN networks the same way WannaCrypt did. However, when the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner is installed to a vulnerable machine, it runs a command to close the vulnerable port and make the system immune to further attacks via the same method. It can be proposed that users who find the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner on their machine should not fear WannaCryptor.

We do not have a defined picture as to how many computers have been connected to the botnet associated with the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner, but there is evidence that more than twenty IP addresses are used to scan devices linked to the Internet for the MS17-010 (EternalBlue) software vulnerability and install the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner. The team behind the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner is reported to switch mining addresses and avoid raising alarms that too much Monero is going to a particular account. At the time of writing, using the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner allows its managers to claim 7.58 Moneros (235 USD) for every machine attached to their network. Computer users that might not have installed the latest security updates from Microsoft and experience diminished system performance may want to run a trusted anti-malware scanner that can eliminate the Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner.

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Technical Information

File System Details

Adylkuzz Crypto-Miner creates the following file(s):
# File Name Detection Count
1 %WINDIR%\Fonts\sppsvc.exe 96
2 %WINDIR%\Prefetch\secscan.exe 23
3 %WINDIR%\Fonts\msiexev.exe 22
4 %WINDIR%\netbios.jfm 21

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