Cybercriminals Hacks UK Government Websites, Exploits Visitors CPU For Crypto Mining

Cybercriminals Hacks UK Government Websites, Exploits Visitors CPU For Crypto Mining

Cryptojacking
February 13, 2018 by Bitzamp
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Cybercriminals Hacks UK Government Websites, Exploits Visitors CPU For Crypto Mining Several Government websites in UK secretly forced visitors’ computers to exploit monero for cyber criminals. Security researcher Scott Helme identified the problem originated from Browsealoud, a software that helps blind and visually impaired people use the Internet. It has recently been compromised by cybercriminals
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Cybercriminals Hacks UK Government Websites, Exploits Visitors CPU For Crypto Mining
Several Government websites in UK secretly forced visitors’ computers to exploit monero for cyber criminals.

Security researcher Scott Helme identified the problem originated from Browsealoud, a software that helps blind and visually impaired people use the Internet. It has recently been compromised by cybercriminals who have added a cryptojacking script. As a result, anyone visiting a website that uses the software had their computer’s processing power used to earn money for cybercriminals through Monero Mining.

Monero (XMR) is a Cryptonote algorithm based cryptocurrency, an alternative for bitcoin. it relies on Ring Signatures in order to provide a certain degree of privacy when making a transaction. Monero is a Proof of Work cryptocurrency that can be mined with computational power from a CPU or GPU.

“At 11:14 GMT on Sunday, February 11, 2018, a JavaScript file that was part of the Texthelp Browsealoud product was compromised during a cyberattack,” the statement added.”The attacker added malicious code to the file to use the browser processor to illegally create a cryptocurrency, it was a criminal act, and a thorough investigation is under way”. He says the exploit was active for four hours on Sunday, adding that no customer data was stolen or lost due to hacking.

Cryptojacking incidents, which discreetly divert people’s devices and force them to extract digital currency for others, have become increasingly common since the spectacular rise in bitcoin prices in 2017.The trend is expected to continue as successful attacks can help criminals make a lot of money.

“The affected service has been taken offline, which has greatly alleviated the problem.” Government websites continue to operate safely, and at this stage there is no indication that members of the public are at risk. ”


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