“Indications are that the crooks behind Adylkuzz have generated a lot more money than the WannaCrypt ransomware fiends”, the report noted.
Adylkuzz doesn’t demand, as WannaCry does, that victims pay a ransom to retrieve their data.
Despite the invasive software not outright damaging users’ systems, McKinnon warns of potential “secondary dangers” with the Adylkuzz software, noting it could have its own vulnerabilities and could leave systems open for future compromises. Instead, the Adylkuzz malware will conscript said machines into a botnet created to mine Monero cryptocurrency. Monero is the currency of choice on AlphaBay, a dark web market trafficking in drugs, stolen credit card information and other illicit goods.
According to Kafeine, initial statistics suggest that this attack may be larger in scale than WannaCry.
“I would say the real-world impact of this attack is going to be more substantial than WannaCry”, Kalember told ABC News.