Virus-miner LemonDuck can steal personal data of users of computers based on Windows and Linux and disable system protection, the American corporation Microsoft reported on July 23 on the website Windows Central…
Once on a computer, LemonDuck forms a botnet network for mining Monero cryptocurrency and in the process steals credentials, removes security controls, and spreads via email. After all the manipulations, LemonDuck erases traces of its presence and clears the history of sent messages.
The computer can become infected with a miner virus, including through USB devices, the company said.
“Notably, LemonDuck removes other attackers from the device, eliminating competing malware and preventing any new infections by patching the same vulnerabilities that were used to gain access,” Microsoft said.
Last August, AdGuard analysts discovered 295 malicious ad blocker extensions that inject ads into search results. It was noted that malicious programs can contain viruses and cryptocurrency miners, and the amount of advertising can only grow.