Kaspersky Suggests Up To 1.65 Million Computers Mining Cryptocurrencies

SecureList, a Kaspersky owned website, recently published a report stating that up to 1.65 Million computers may be unknowingly mining cryptocurrencies. According to SecureList, the most popular methods of deploying the miners is via known exploits such as EternalBlue and also by Adware.

The most popular currencies are currencies that 1) offer privacy and 2) work well being mined via CPUs. Currently those two currencies are Monero and ZCash. One Monero address being used for the payment address, when entered into the pool it was mining to, shows a total payout of 2,289 XMR.

The article goes into much more detail on the ins and outs so check it out at SecureList.

XFX RX 550 4GB Monero Mining with xmr-stak-amd

I recently found the XFX RX 550 4GB model for sale for just $109 shipped via Amazon and couldn’t resist the price tag. I was reading people getting around 300 h/s with the cards and that works out to around 2.75 hashrate per dollar spent. Not bad at all, so I ordered two (and just ordered two more that will be here tomorrow) and started playing with xmr-stak-amd to see what I could get out of them. Needless to say, I am pleased. Disclaimer: Below I have linked to Amazon using my affiliate links. It helps fund my hobby and keeps my writing these kind of articles. Continue reading “XFX RX 550 4GB Monero Mining with xmr-stak-amd”

How To Run Your Own Monero Node On Linux

Running a Monero node is pretty straight forward. This article will use Centos 7 but the instructions will be the same for any other flavor of Linux that Monero supports.

cd /usr/local/src/
yum -y install wget
wget https://downloads.getmonero.org/cli/monero-linux-x64-v0.11.0.0.tar.bz2
tar -xjvf monero-linux-x64-v0.11.0.0.tar.bz2
cd monero-v0.11.0.0
./monerod --detach

You have now started the Monero daemon. Monero will begin syncing and once done you will be running a full Monero node.

Affordable 12 GPU Mining Rig: Monero, Vertcoin, Bitcoin Gold & Ethereum

When most people think of mining rigs they think expensive and top of the line video cards. Not all of us can jump right in and start buying the latest and greatest video card, especially in a situation where you want to use 12 of them. After a couple of weeks of research the following is what I decided to go with based on price, power consumption and hash rate to build my 12 GPU mining rig. I also took into consideration potential resale value and being able to mine many other cryptocurrencies. Continue reading “Affordable 12 GPU Mining Rig: Monero, Vertcoin, Bitcoin Gold & Ethereum”