Viral Mining and Everything You Need to Know About It

It is known that criminals will always find ways to gain access to the PC without the owner’s permission. After it, they will use the hacked computers to their advantage. The most common case is the Trojan virus that infects several computers and then uses them to extract Bitcoins, without the knowledge of the PC owner.

There are several different ways of infecting a computer with virus crypto mining:

  • through various messengers (Skype, Twitter, Whatsapp)
  • a false update of the system that the virus and not Windows displays
  • letters by e-mail
  • integration of the Java-script into the browser
  • third-party software.

In that way, it is necessary to be increasingly attentive while mining and be aware of the ways in which the criminals may hurt you.

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What’s happening?

Bitcoin mining is the method of processing transactions that occur on the network. This procedure protects information in blocks, hence the name of blockchain technology. This requires the consumption of certain resources such as hardware, electricity, time, and, accordingly, real money.

Bitcoin miners are then paid for the work they perform for the network, receiving their reward in the form of coins. It is at this stage that hackers or other intruders invade other people’s computers to make their lives a little easier, getting coins without the very extraction process. Criminals simply create and use malicious programs and distribute them through online messengers, such as Skype, emails and even just by browsing the websites.

This unethical method of receiving Bitcoins gives hackers the opportunity to earn money almost automatically, without any investment, wasting electricity, and buying powerful computers. With the growth of Bitcoin’s value in the digital market, it becomes even more tempting for scammers to illegally mine the cryptocurrency. Such people are ready to do everything possible to hack your personal computer, which in fact happens all over the world almost every day.

The virus that got on the computer, makes the infected machine get Bitcoins for the hacker. And the main drawback is not even the process of making money for you but the fact that the PC starts working at the maximum of its computing power in a constant mode. And this can lead to a quick breakdown or failure of any components.

After the virus is installed on the computer, an outsider gains full control over your computer. The professionals state that it’s unethical to use trojans to extract bitcoins, so it is highly recommended to be attentive when receiving Internet messages and downloading programs from third-party sites (or unofficial software sources). It is necessary to have reliable anti-virus software to protect the PC from cyber attacks.

Another one and the cheapest solution you can undertake is just being careful when viewing websites, receiving and opening emails or private messages, and downloading files and programs from unverified sources. There will always be websites on the Internet that will entice anyone to visit, which will allow attackers to download a third-party program to a simple user.

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