Indian Government Websites Hijacked by Hackers to Mine Cryptocurrency
According to an analysis by security researchers, hundreds of Indian websites including Government websites are being used by Hackers to mine cryptocurrency.
Hackers have illegally gained access to government websites in India using cryptocurrency mining malware – crypto-jacking, to mine digital currencies.
This all is done with the help of a malware, known as crypto-jacking, which allows unauthorized use of someone else’s computer to mine cryptocurrencies.
Those affected include the Tirupati Municipal Corporation, the Macherla municipality, and the director of municipal administration of Andhra Pradesh websites.
According to the report, crypto-jacking is widespread on government and enterprise systems. PublicWWW lists more than 119 Indian websites that run the infamous Coinhive code. This is a script that mines the cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) using nothing more than a web browser.
“Hackers target government websites for mining cryptocurrency because those websites get high traffic and most people trust them,” “Earlier, we saw a lot of government websites getting defaced. Now, injecting crypto-jackers is more fashionable as the hacker can make money.”
One of the Indian government websites affected gets an estimated 1,600,000 hits per month.
The team says it was able to fairly easily expose the infections by running a software script (piece of code) on the homepages of 4000 websites from goidirectory.nic.
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