A cryptographic malware called ADB.Miner infects 5,000 Android devices in 24 hours - Technology
 A cryptographic malware called ADB.Miner infects 5,000 Android devices in 24 hours

A cryptographic malware called ADB.Miner infects 5,000 Android devices in 24 hours

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A new threat to Android devices has gained ground in recent days, infecting thousands of devices warning researchers.

In a blog post on Sunday, cyber security researcher Wang Hui of 360Netlab said Android phone users are at risk of a cryptographic malware called ADB.Miner and is spreading rapidly.

Malware behaves like a worm and uses the debug interface of ADB and port 5555 to spread. Usually this gate stays closed but the ADB Debug tool used to perform diagnostics may open the gate accidentally.

As soon as the device is infected, it will continue to utilize port 5555 to spread to other devices such as Android phones, tablets, and TVs.

According to Chinese firm phones and TVs are the most affected devices. While the first infections date from January 31, to just 24 hours ADB.Miner has spread to 5,000 devices in China and South Korea.

The research team said it contained a Mirai-like code. Mirai, who enslaved millions of internet devices, was exploited to carry out DDoS attacks.

ADB.Miner is used to produce Monero coins. Cybercriminals every day are exploring ways of using cryptographic mines for profit.

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