Researchers from ESET and Malwarebytes have discovered crypto-mining malware hidden in pirated software. The pirated software loads the malware into an emulated Linux copy and can infect Windows, Linux and even MacOS.
Downloading pirated software is generally a bad thing. Not only will developers be deprived of their hard work, but you can take a risk as well. Researchers at ESET and Malwarebytes have recently released discoveries of malware they called Loud Miner and Bird Miner.
As far as we know, they look at the same malware because almost all the details are in a row. The companies have found Crypto Miner hidden in pirated music production software called Ableton Live.
Ableton Live is a high-end audio software whose use is inevitably processor-intensive. This fact makes it an ideal destination for malware developers as they can assume that anyone who wants to use the software has powerful processors (useful for crypto mining) and may be writing off the high processor load by mining as audio software job.
Malware developers have taken new steps to infect as many people as possible and hide their true intentions.
The software creates an emulated Linux copy, known as TinyCore, from which it can be run to work on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Before starting mining, the CPU usage is checked. If at least 85% of CPU utilization is detected, workload is awaited until more resources become available. The software also shuts down when running certain tools, such as the Activity Monitor, that may detect this.
Malwarebytes has already updated its software to detect Birdminer for anyone with an infection. [TechRadar]
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- Google Exits Tablet Business: Google's Hardware Engineer Senior Engineer has confirmed that the company has no plans to make tablets anymore. The decision included the cancellation of two projects already in progress. To be honest, there is no great Android, and the operating system is half the problem. The loss of Google tablets is therefore not a big loss. Other manufacturers will fill the gap anyway. [Ars Technica]
- Windows 10 indicates whether the May 2019 update is blocked: For all major Windows 10 updates, Microsoft is pleased to check your PC for potential known issues with the update. If a match is found, the update is blocked to avoid problems. That's fine, but so far you've been told that no update is available, which is a bit misleading. You may have thought that the May 2019 update was not published. Now Windows informs you that it is blocked, and gets a link to why. Good stuff. [TechRadar]
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You may have seen the news that smartphone users have a skull in their minds. Dedicated to a chiropractor and associate professor of biomechanics, the study examined unusually large bony structures on the skull base of some people.
While the study hypothesized that the cause was a bad attitude when staring at smartphones and tablets, doing so failed several things to justify this theory.
For example, the study focused exclusively on people who were already visiting chiropractors because of severe pain, which probably increased the sample of people with strange bone growth. It also has no control for people who have used smartphones and not, which means that there is nothing to compare the data with.
Proper research requires large sample sets of controls and related data. Despite all this, there are mistakes, and studies can and do lead to wrong conclusions, which is why we also repeat studies to reproduce the results.
So, if you're worried (or hopeful), it could be that your smartphone stance has curled up. When you're raising a horn, you can stop. But maybe you sit down anyway, you'll kick your back out. And if you do not stop crossing your eyes, they will get stuck this way. [Gizmodo]