August 21, 2020 Monero mining malware found on AWS marketplace.

Cybersecurity firm Mitiga released a report this week revealing the presence of malware, designed to mine Monereo on unwitting users’ computers, on an Amazon Machine Instance available on AWS Marketplace. The incident represents a so-called ‘cryptojacking’ attack, in which malicious actors place mining hardware on user devices to generate hashpower without the users’ consent. Such attacks most frequently involve the mining of Monero, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently announced a U.S. government-funded project that uses artificial intelligence to combat such attacks.