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Friday, May 19, 2017

WannaCry Not First NSA-Enabled Cyberattack, Hackers Made Computers Mine Monero

WannaCry Not First NSA-Enabled Cyberattack, Hackers Made Computers Mine Monero

The NSA-enabled Windows loophole used in WannaCry previously made computers mine Monero (XMR) in a separate attack.

According to research reported by Ars Technica, hackers were able to exploit the vulnerability in unpatched Windows operating systems for financial gain as early as April 24.

Using mining software called Adylkuzz, the same weaknesses meant attackers were “surprisingly effective at compromising Internet-connected computers,” according to Proofpoint researcher Kafeine.

Not only that, but WannaCry may have in fact slowed down due to the pre-existing exploit.

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