Security firm warns of new malware strain ‘wreaking havoc’ on Windows PCs

During the Great GPU Shortage of Yesteryear, cryptocurrency mining was all the rage. This also gave way to a class of ‘cryptojacking’ malware that would attempt to pilfer computing resources from an infected PC and use them to most often mine Monero. That has not been a big concern in a long while. However, security researchers at Unit 42 have discovered a new self-propagating malware strain that is a variant of old cryptojacking code.

The researchers have dubbed it “Lucifer,” noting that the malware’s author(s) named it “Satan DDoS,” which some people might confuse with the similarly named “Satan Ransomware.”