New Malware ( SpeakUp ) Leverages Recent Vulnerabilities – And Some Really Old Ones

Written by: Mike Parkin, Product Marketing Engineer – In the first week of February, Catalin Cimpanu at ZDNet and Kacy Zurkus at Infosecurity Magazine reported on a new malware campaign spreading primarily through China, with smaller infestations in South America and other parts of Asia. Known as SpeakUp, it was first discovered by the folks at Check Point on February 4th. The malware payload is a cryptomining program, but that’s not the interesting part of this. What is interesting about this one is the range of targets it can infect and its ability to move laterally after the initial infection.