Malicious cryptocurrency mining tools can be found on any operating system these days. Although mobile devices and Windows are the primary targets in this regard, it seems Ubuntu users aren’t safe either. The Ubuntu Snap Store contained a cryptocurrency miner disguised as 2048buntu.
Ubuntu Cryptocurrency Miner is a Problem
While most people would assume cryptocurrency miners wouldn’t target Linux users all that often, the reality is seemingly a bit different. It is certainly true mobile and Windows users are far more prone to malicious cryptocurrency mining attempts these days, but Ubuntu is also of keen interest. More specifically, the first malicious cryptocurrency mining application was recently discovered in the Ubuntu Snap Store.
Known as 2048buntu, the application used mining code to mine the Bytecoin altcoin. It is the first time BCN has been of great interest to criminals, as they usually prefer to get involved with Monero mining. Bytecoin doesn’t offer the same degree of privacy and anonymity as one can find in Monero, but it seems there is an interest in this altcoin mainly because of its recent pump-and-dump schemes.
Even so, the 2048buntu application has been a big problem for Ubuntu users all over the world. It is evident
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