Crypto-Mining Malware Spreading Through Facebook Messenger

Crypto-Mining Malware Goes Global Through Messenger

With crypto-currency at an all-time high, everyone and their grandmother seems to have found a way to get their hands on it.  Which is exactly why hackers are now creating malware which will mine for the digital currency.  The new malware, deemed Digmine is spreading through Facebook Messenger.  The first infection was reported in South Korea, with it quickly being spread throughout the globe.

Digmine is spread through a video zip file that is sent from one of the users Facebook contacts.  After clicking on the video, the malware goes to work stealing your digital currencies.  If the “always logged in” option is used, the malware will then send the same malicious video to your Facebook contacts.

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Although, there is a silver lining.  The Digmine malware does not work on any other browsers other than Chrome.  Also, users cannot get infected by using the Facebook Messenger app on their mobile device.

To avoid falling victim to attacks such as these, be cautious of the links you’re clicking on.  Also, be sure your system and software programs are updated to protect against the latest threats.  If users are running PC Matic, SuperShield will block any malicious executables from running due to the application whitelist technology.

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4 thoughts on “Crypto-Mining Malware Spreading Through Facebook Messenger

    • Hi Carole – You can run a scan by opening PC Matic, selecting the device you’d like scanned, then click “scan”. Once the scan is complete, click “Next” at the bottom right side of the scan results screen. Allow for any changes to be made, then reboot the device. If you need additional assistance, please contact our support team at http://www.pcmatic.com/help

  1. Does PC Matic produce virus protection software for Mac? I have it on my PC but I can’t load it on my iMac.
    Thanks!
    Charles Sullivan

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