Monero News – October 2017 – Ledger, WaterMiner & MinerMonero

After a short break in which I could not post any Monero news, Monero news is back. Did you miss it? Let me know in the comments section.

In this article, I will discuss progress on integrating Ledger Nano S with Monero, more Monero malware and another Monero mining pool.

Ledger Nano S – Progress on Integrating Monero

You must know how much I love the Ledger Nano S. It is my favorite hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies.
Ledger Wallet protects your bitcoins

There is exciting news that will ensure that the Ledger Nano S will support Monero. Cédric (cslashm) has been working on this integration and you can see the code on his github page. He has highlighted that the signature is correctly being handled by the hardware wallet and works on testnet.

In the next week or so, expect some news on the UI for address and amount validation. Cedric has been spending his own XMR (Monero) on this development and spreading the news, so feel free to donate to him 437TGwSo562hU8NcXjxSXoBuNytLsUpaJ54e24cmXjpsSfsDBLmJBVqaG5rg5WSZnF6dYNyF79mNLH9QRpB8qcL78nWrgpa

Monero News – WaterMiner Malware

As the use of Monero keeps rising, due to its privacy and anonymity features, the crypotcurrency is being increasingly targetted by malicious users. Mining Monero illegally seems to be catching on.

Another malware that started now is called WaterMiner. This malware was discovered by Minerva Labs.  This malware has been infecting computers with malicious Monero mining malware that is not visible to antivirus solutions for now. The aim of the WaterMiner malware is to hijack computer’s processing power to mine XMR.

Minerva Labs highlighted that the malware is being distributed as a mod (modification) for a popular game called Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V). WaterMiner was mainly distributed through a Russian forum. Players who downloaded and installed the mod were infected with WaterMiner malware as a result. The mod in question is called Arbuz.

Monero News - GTA V mod malware WaterMiner

It appears that the WaterMiner malware is a modified version of XMRig, an open-source Monero miner.

Monero News - XMRig Miner

It will be interesting to see how things develop for WaterMiner.

How to mine Monero anywhere – Miner Monero is an online cloud-based Monero mining service.

A cool feature is that you can mine from any device including your mobile devices.

What I did not like about it is that as soon as I visited the site, it started mining and I had to explicitly hit the Stop Mining button.


That’s all that I had to cover in this version of the Monero news. You can read the last version of the news here. Let me know what you would like to see in the next version. Also, feel free to share this article with your friends.

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