Cybercriminals are finding new ways to leverage ransomware to earn money and exploit users through data theft according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. Kaspersky has recently identified a new type of ‘ransominer’ called XMRig miner.

XMRig miner is a cryptocurrency miner which is spread through common Trojan ransomware. It used to mine Monero C sector. As a result, intriguing experiments can be found in the wild,” said Anton Kuzmenko, a security expert at Kaspersky.

“As protection methods improve, the developers of miners have had to enhance their own creations, often turning to non-trivial solutions. Several such solutions (previously unseen by us) were detected during our analysis of the open-source miner XMRig,” Kuzmenko further wrote in a blog post.

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