A fake Ethereum mining solution for Nvidia GPUs was actually malware

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A tool released on GitHub advertised the sought-after ability to unlock the full Ethereum mining capabilities of recent Nvidia RTX graphics cards, but it actually contains malware. Tom’s hardware and PC gamer wrote of the initially promising utility called “Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker,” which claimed to remove Nvidia’s “Lite Hash Rate” software implemented in newer graphics cards to deter cryptominers from purchasing gaming GPUs.

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In a YouTube livestream yesterday on the Red Panda Mining channel, members of the mining community ChumpchangeXD and Y3TI shared less welcome findings: The tool contained multiple viruses.

Important, according to Tom’s hardware, the tool doesn’t even perform its namesake function by removing the cap on the hash rate for your GPU. Instead, it apparently infects your system and causes a host of other unusual behaviors such as high CPU usage, checking system disks, and other things that should raise some red flags. The publication directs readers to Joe’s SandBox Cloud, a cool site that illustrates exactly how the malicious file spreads through a system after installation.

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Since Nvidia has implemented Lite Hash Rate in graphics cards from mid-2021, there has been a huge demand (and a very profitable secondary market) for earlier RTX cards that have no hash rate limitation. A tool that could reduce demand by removing the limit on newer cards is a tempting proposition. Unfortunately, save this one under “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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