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A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on laptop in Beijing, Saturday, May 13, 2017. Dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack Friday that locked up computers and held users' files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Forget WannaCry. There's another cyberattack hitting computers around the world.


Cybersecurity researchers have determined there is a second ongoing global cyberattack hijacking thousands of computers around the world for the purpose of cryptocurrency mining, ABC News reported

Researchers with Proofpoint, a cybersecurity firm, were trying to combat the WannaCry ransomware attack when they discovered a "less noisy" piece of malware called Adylkuzz that researchers say has probably generated millions of dollars in revenue for its creators. 

"I would say the real-world impact of this attack is going to be more substantial than WannaCry," said Ryan Kalember, the senior vice president for cybersecurity at Proofpoint. "Ransomware is painful, but you can restore operations relatively quickly. Here, you have a huge amount of money landing in some bad people’s hands. That has geopolitical consequences." 

Proofpoint is still working to figure out who is behind this new attack, but pointed out that North Korean-backed hackers launched a very similar type of attack in 2016. 

Adylkuzz appears to have been programmed using a leaked piece of NSA software. 

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