TrendMicro Detects Crypto Mining Malware Affecting Android Devices

Another cryptographic money mining botnet has been distinguished that uses the Android Debug Bridge port, which is intended to address application bugs introduced on most Android telephones and tablets.

The botnet malware, as reported by Trend Micro, has been detected in 21 countries and is most prevalent in South Korea.

The assault exploits the manner in which that ADB ports that are opened of course don’t require confirmation, and once introduced, will stretch out to any framework that recently shared a SSH association. SSH associations interface an assortment of gadgets – from cell phones to the Internet of Things (IoT) contraption – which means numerous items are powerless.

“Being a known device means the two systems can communicate with each other without any further authentication after the initial key exchange, each system considers the other as safe,” the researchers say. “The presence of a spreading mechanism may mean that this malware can abuse the widely used process of making SSH connections.”

It begins with an IP address.

45[.]67[.]14[.]179 arrives through the ADB and uses the command shell to update the working directory to “/data/local/tmp,” as .tmp files often have default permission to execute commands.

Once the bot determines its entered a honeypot, it uses the wget command to download the payload of three different miners, and curl if wget is not present in the infected system.

The malware determines which miner is best suited to exploit the victim depending on the system’s manufacturer, architecture, processor type, and hardware.

An additional command, chmod 777, is then executed to change the permission settings of the malicious drop. Finally, the bot conceals itself from the host using another command, rm -rf*, to delete the downloaded file. This also hides the trail of where the bug originated from as it spreads to other victims.

Researchers examined the invading script and determined the three potential miners that can be used in the attack – all delivered by the same URL – are:


They also found the script enhances the host’s memory by enabling HugePages, which enables memory pages that are greater than its default size, to optimize mining output.

If miners are already found using the system the botnet attempts to invalidate their URL and kill them by changing the host code.

Pernicious and malicious cryptomining drops are continually evolving new ways to exploit their victims. Last summer, Trend Micro observed another ADB-exploiting that they dubbed the Satoshi Variant.

Outlaw, was spotted in the past weeks spreading another Monero mining variant across China through brute-force attacks against servers. At the time researchers hadn’t determined whether the botnet had begun mining operations, but found an Android APK in the script, indicating Android devices may be targeted.

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