Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

Telegram Users Hacked – Computers Used to Mine Monero and Zcash

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Popular privacy-focused instant messaging application Telegram has suffered a bit of a setback, as hackers have been secretly able to utilize unsuspecting users’ computers to mine Monero and Zcash.
Private and Secure? Not Quite.
According to multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider Kaspersky Lab, hackers have been taking advantage of a flaw in the Telegram messaging app’s desktop client, which has allowed them to remotely mine popular cryptocurrencies.
Since March 2017, hackers have been conducting “in the wild attacks” using malware which capitalizes on “a zero-day vulnerability in the Telegram Desktop app” — granting backdoor access and delivering hidden mining software.

Technical details on the recent zero-day vulnerability in #Telegram https://t.co/smuvVt2CEZ pic.twitter.com/RFZVFtv73Q
— Eugene Kaspersky (@e_kaspersky) February 13, 2018

Hackers have allegedly been using unsuspecting users’ computational power to mine Monero, Zcash, Fantomcoin, and others. They’ve also been able, in some cases, to silently execute different commands and install spyware on victims’ computers. Explains Kaspersky Lab:
Attackers used a hidden Unicode character in the file name that reversed the order of the characters, thus renaming the file itself. As a result, users downloaded …

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