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Ethereum mining fix for NVIDIA GPUs was a malware in disguise

26 Feb 2022 : 12:42
2 min read
  • GitHub advertised a 'fix' for Nividia's "Lite Hash Rate"
  • The fix actually contained a number of viruses
  • It caused numerous issues to user's PC including high CPU usage

As crypto-related crimes have maintained their peak in the past year, it is essential to note that even mining equipment is not resistant to these crimes. As mentioned in a recent report from The Verge, a heavily advertised and sought-after ability to unlock to the full potential of the Nvidia RTX graphics cards (GPUs) on GitHub was actually malware in disguise. 

GPU fix turned malware

Nvidia, an American multinational technology company that designs graphics processing units for the gaming and professional markets, had recently put the “Lite Hash Rate” in their newer GPUs that prevented cryptocurrency miners from buying the GPUs for mining purposes. This is because these GPUs were actually released for gaming purposes. 

As a result, “Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker,” a fix capable of cracking the “Lite Hash Rate” software, was mentioned by PC Gamer and Tom’s Hardware. However, in a recent turn of events, on the Red Panda mining channel, the team of ChumpchangeXD and Y3TI revealed that this fix actually contained a handful of viruses and that the tool was not capable of implementing the task that it was advertised for. 

As per The Verge, “the tool doesn’t even perform its namesake function of removing the cap on the hash rate for your GPU. Instead, it apparently infects your system and causes a host of other unusual behavior, like high CPU usage, checking for system drives, and other things.”

Crypto mining

Cryptocurrency mining popularity has reached its peak in the last year, with software giant Intel releasing a new mining chip coupled with a powerful 3,600-watt mining rig. The firm also stated that the underlying BMZ1 chips are the cleanest and most potent on the market. On the other hand, the activity has attracted a lot of attention because of its harmful effects on the environment. 

On the other hand, the governor of Hungary’s central bank, György Matolcsy, says that the “EU should ban crypto trading and mining,” as Cryptonary reported.

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