Tech & Science Government websites fall prey to cryptocurrency mining hijack

15:53  12 february  2018
15:53  12 february  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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It's not just private companies' websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks . In this article: australia, browsealoud, coinhive, cryptocurrency , currency, gear, government , hijack , internet, mining , monero, security, texthelp, uk, web .

© Provided by Engadget It's not just private companies' websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks . Organizations that think they dodged a bullet when their older systems did not fall prey to the WannaCry ransomware may want to think again.

a clock on a table© Provided by Engadget It's not just private companies' websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks. Security consultant Scott Helme and the Register have discovered that intruders compromised over 4,200 sites with Coinhive's notorious Monero miner, many of them government websites from around the world. This includes the US court info system, the UK's National Health Service and Australian legislatures, among others. The intruders spread their JavaScript code by modifying an accessibility plugin for the blind, Texthelp's Browsealoud, to inject the miner wherever Browsealoud was in use.

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© Provided by Engadget It's not just private companies' websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks . Security consultant Scott Helme and the Register have discovered that intruders compromised over 4,200 sites with Coinhive's notorious Monero miner , many of them government

It's not just private companies' websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks . Government websites hit by cryptocurrency mining malware. hijacked by rogue code Thousands of websites , including those belonging to NHS services

The mining only took place for several hours on February 11th before Texthelp disabled the plugin to investigate. Government sites like the UK's Information Commissioner's Office also took pages down in response. As with most of these injections, your system wasn't facing a security risk -- you would have just noticed your system bogging down while searching for government info. The mining goes away the moment you visit another page or close the browser tab. The biggest hassle was for the site operators, who are now discovering that their sites are vulnerable to intruders slipping in rogue code without verification.

It's not certain who's behind the attempt, but these hijacks tend to be the work of criminals hoping to make a fast profit.

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It’s not just private companies’ websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks . And there’s no indication that many websites , whether government or private, are in a rush to implement it. Via: Register, Telegraph.

It's not just private companies' websites falling victim to cryptocurrency mining hijacks . Security consultant Scott Helme and the Register have discovered that intruders compromised over 4,200 sites with Coinhive's notorious Monero miner , many of them government websites from around the world.

The big problem: this might continue to happen for a while. Although antivirus tools can catch Coinhive, a more definitive solution would be to use a fingerprinting technique (subresource integrity) that verifies of outside code and blocks any modifications. And there's no indication that many websites, whether government or private, are in a rush to implement it.

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