via Phys.org, comes a brief news item targeting the the trojan exploit dubbed 'Adylkuzz', and it's mining feature. Additionally, read the highly detailed Proofpoint post, of which, contains the true gist of this trojan, as it were..
'Instead of completely disabling an infected computer by encrypting data and seeking a ransom payment, Adylkuzz uses the machines it infects to "mine" in a background task a virtual currency, Monero, and transfer the money created to the authors of the virus.' - via Phys.org
In an outstanding thought piece over at SecurityCurrent, Cybersecurity Attorney Mark Rasch answers questions revolving around the latest Microsoft Corporation (NasdaqGS: MSFT) related code exploit WannaCry (and it's minor variant dubbed WannaCry 2.0); more specifically - are lawsuits a reasonable method to mitigate or transfer the risk of Ransomware Attacks like WannaCry.. Hat Tip to Gadi Evron, Founder and CEO at Cymmetria. Today's MustRead.
"update: A minor variant of the virus has been found, it looks to have had the killswitch hexedited out. Not done by recompile so probably not done by the original malware author. On the other hand that is the only change: the encryption keys are the same, the bitcoin addresses are the same. On the other hand it is corrupt so the ransomware aspect of it doesn't work - it only propagates." - via Rain-1 on GitHub