New Reveton Ransomware Variant Mines for Bitcoins

24 September 2013 | By Jeff Goldman |

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Malwarebytes researchers recently came across a new version of the Reveton ransomware that adds Bitcoin mining functionality to the basic ransomware threat.

While all versions of Reveton demand payments to unlock a victims computer, the newest version guarantees a profit regardless of whether or not the victim pays the ransom, by using the infected PC to mine for bitcoins.

Upon installation, the malware connects to a command and control server to provide updates on Bitcoin mining operations. In one sample, the researchers noted a huge increase in mining activity in the late evening, then a slow rise again the following evening.