Cybercriminals are actively distributing malware for hidden cryptocurrency mining via a torrent file with the popular movie “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” ReasonLabs reports.
Experts found malware for mining Monero in a file called spiderman_net_putidomoi.torrent.exe. Apparently, it was created on a Russian-language torrent platform.
A hidden miner can go unnoticed for a long time by setting exclusions for scanning by Microsoft Defender antivirus.
The researchers have added the malware does not compromise personal information, but slows down the victim’s computer, creating an additional workload on the processor.
In November, experts said 86% of hacked Google Cloud accounts were used to illegally mine cryptocurrencies.