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Amar Patil

About Amar Patil

Amar is a security researcher at Quick Heal Security Labs and has 6 years of experience in the cybersecurity domain. He is interested in reverse engineering and analyzing security vulnerabilities and exploits.

Cryptocurrency mining rampage throttles Linux machines – an analysis by Quick Heal Security Labs

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 May 22, 2018

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Quick Heal Security Labs recently came across a Linux-based Monero (XMR) miner. Monero (XMR) is one of the top 15 cryptocurrencies. It can be mined easily on any machine using its CPU computation power. This is one of the reasons why it is preferred to Bitcoin or Ethereum which are...

The Runner: a key component of the SamSam ransomware campaign – An analysis by Quick Heal Security Labs

 February 8, 2018

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

In Jan 2018, Greenfield, Indiana-based Hancock Health (healthcare network) was attacked by SamSam ransomware. It encrypted the files containing patients’ data which disrupted their critical services. Even though SamSam is not a new ransomware, it has evolved over a period of time. We had observed its first variant in Feb...

Virus Infectors: a perpetual attack vector – A report by Quick Heal Security Labs

 January 12, 2018

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

2017 was the year of ransomware and cryptocurrency miners but we are still seeing infectors posing as a prominent attack vector. However, old infectors still remain a significant threat to users. In 2017, we observed a few old infector families making new versions of their old code, though no new...