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Crypto Malware Found in Late Kobe Bryant’s Picture

Crypto Malware Found in Late Kobe Bryant’s Picture

Microsoft finds crypto mining malware in late Kobe Bryant's wallpaper-techcryption

The world is saddened by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, the American professional basketball player and her daughter, Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash at the side of a mountain in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles after caught on fire. Seven other occupants, including the pilot, were killed.

Despite the devastating effect the incident has on people globally, a cryptocurrency mining malware has been found in a wallpaper of the late basketball legend. Notably, this malicious crypto mining approach is not the first time, as Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson were once the victims of this type of malware.

Microsoft security intelligence unit has taken it to Twitter that cybercriminals are, as expected, taking advantage of the tragedy when the team found a malicious HTML file posing as Kobe Bryant wallpaper that contains a coin mining script.

The script stated “CoinHive,” an in-browser miner for Monero (XMR) cryptocurrency that proved popular with hackers. CoinHive, however, has shut down all operations in March 2019.

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Users who downloaded a malicious encrypted picture will then unknowingly download a malware that will infect devices. Thus, extra precautions are advised for users who download public files online.

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