Source: Microsoft Says Cyber Thieves Exploiting Death of Kobe Bryant, Installing Crypto Malware in Desktop Wallpaper | The Daily Hodl. Security experts at Microsoft have discovered malicious malware hiding in downloadable images of the late Kobe Bryant. Microsoft Security Intelligence says the software is designed to hijack a computer’s CPU to mine cryptocurrency.
“While the world mourns the loss of an NBA legend, cybercriminals are, as expected, taking advantage of the tragedy. We found a malicious HTML file posing as a Kobe Bryant wallpaper that contains a coin mining script.”
Microsoft says its Windows Defender security system will automatically detect the malware when a user visits the website where the images can be downloaded.