Cryptocurrency Mining Virus Spreads Across Facebook Messenger

A virus that turns victims’ computers into a cryptocurrency miner without their knowledge is spreading across Facebook Messenger, security experts have warned.

The malware, named “Digmine”, affects desktop versions of the app when running on a Google Chrome browser, according to researchers at Trend Micro.

“If the user’s Facebook account is set to log in automatically, Digmine will manipulate Facebook Messenger in order to send a link to the file to the account’s friends,” they wrote in a blogpost.

Mining a Bitcoin eats up a lot of power and so it has become lucrative for criminal gangs to infect computers en masse to do the job, earning them cryptocurrency including Bitcoin in return.

With a finite supply of 21 million Bitcoins, a handful of opportunistic individuals and organizations are making use of powerful computers to hoard as much of the supply as possible.


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