Concealed crypto mining – using infected computers to produce hashes for specific types of coins – is using more ingenious methods to hide from operating systems. The latest exploit involves an infected image of Taylor Swift.
Sophos Labs Discovers Botnet in Taylor Swift JPEG
Analysis by Sophos Labs, a digital security firm, shows hackers are now trying to infect computers by hiding a malicious EXE file inside what looks like an innocent JPEG image. Usually, a popular, much-searched celebrity does the trick, and this time they chose American pop singer, Taylor Swift.
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In this sample image, a Windows malware executable (identifiable by its characteristic MZ header bytes and text) appears within the image data in a modified .jpg photo of Taylor Swift.
— SophosLabs (@SophosLabs) December 19, 2019
The activity comes from a hacker group identified as MyKings, which works to attack Windows machines. Their approach also…