Lucifer Malware, A threat unknown

    Lucifer, a devil that convinced people that he never exists is now attacking the digital world in the form of malware. Lucifer malware is reported by security experts by Palo Alto Networks on June 10 and its upgraded version on June 11. First of all, what is malware? Malware is a malicious software network that makes the hijacker to access a network unauthorized.

Lucifer malware

Sounds horrible. Right?

        On plain sight this malware uses your devices like computers, laptops or even mobile phone's RAM for mining cryptocurrencies. This unauthorized use of device cannot be detected by the user but it can be felt sometimes when your device takes more time to process and load websites.

 

          So, this lucifer malware is mainly involved in cryptojacking and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service). Looking on what are these terms cryptojacking is a form of mining of cryptocurrencies by illegal means by accessing unauthorized networks. There are many crypto currencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, Bitcoin cash and so on. This Lucifer malware is mainly involved in mining of cryptocurrency Monero.

 

        It is found that the malware is self-propagating through emails that contain malicious information or through changing the java script of the device by clicking the pop ups that appears. While viewing a website these malware hijacks the device memory and makes some malicious websites to open and run in the background without the knowledge of the user. One such website reported was churchofsatan.com and making it available in browser's favourites in the name of Lucifer0, Lucifer1 etc. It drops XMRig for cryptojacking Monero, it drops and runs EternalBlue, EternalRomance, and DoublePulsar backdoor against vulnerable targets for intranet infections. The devices that faces vulnerability includes 

    As the cryptocurrencies has its own value in the world market, by using this they will gain money. Consider if 10 devices are hijacked by the hacker for cryptomining. Then 9 devices will be generating currency through their code and the remaining by running the website of the hacker in the victim’s device. This malware when connected over a network of devices it infects all of them and will make it difficult to find and remove the malware.

    Next flaw that this malware makes is that it makes the device to perform Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) of various websites. When the hacker makes multiple login of a website at a time so that the website hangs or sometime crashes is called Denial of Service in IT terms. 


        When the hijacker makes this flaw to be operated from the various points on the world, it is called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). Lucifer makes the victim’s device to open those websites when it is commanded and makes the website to slow down for a while. 


Hacking

This malware does not depend on victim’s privacy or data but only depends on the system memory and the commanding section. Several companies that reported this malware told that their data is not lost or theft but their systems become slow.

    So once again how to safeguard your device. As this malware only affects the unsecured devices, Experts are insisting to keep the device up to date and to delete weak credentials. You may also add a internet security service providing antivirus which may eliminate the malware. 


        Using a VPN also sometimes help but not all the time. This device mostly affects your windows device so make sure that you never open into unauthorized mails and malicious links this may look little but the impact is big. It is our responsibility to safeguard our devices from the malwares.

 

Hope this article helps you, Thank you!!!

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