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Digital Security Firm Found Hidden Malicious in Taylor Swift Picture

Digital Security Firm Found Hidden Malicious in Taylor Swift Picture

It is known that cyber-crimes are widely conducted in the world wide web, and that does not exclude crypto sphere. Despite an immutable, transparent and decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies, there are still various ways for cyber-criminals to hijack into a platform and acquire as many information needed as possible. 

Recently, despite the latest report from Kaspersky Security Bulletin, indicating the decrease in numbers of mining malware, the number of cases for crypto ransoms and sextortions is still in the rise. SophosLabs, a digital security firm has reported to find hidden malicious crypto-mining botnet in a famous celebrity picture, Taylor Swift.

Named both artist of the year and artist of the decade at the American Music Awards, Taylor Swift’s net worth reaches $360 million as of June 2019. Notably, hackers are now  trying to infect computers by hiding a malicious EXE file inside what looks like an innocent JPEG image and by choosing Taylor Swift does seem like the most natural thing to do.

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Known as MyKings botnet, whoever is behind the attack is experimenting with steganography, an increasingly popular technique in which hackers hide their malware in a benign-looking image.

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