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.
So now there's a virus named Adylkuzz using the leaked NSA tools to make people into cryptocurrency botnets...— 📛Thanatos (@aztop009) May 17, 2017
Adylkuzz appears to have been programmed using a leaked piece of NSA software.