Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Found on Hacked Russian County’s Website
Russian County’s Website Has Been Hacked to Mine Virtual Currencies
We all know that there are several cryptojacking methods that allow hackers to steal CPU power to mine Monero or other virtual currency. This time, the website of the county of Khabarovsk in Russia, suffered an attack that stole CPU power from its visitors.
The county administration IT officer, Vyacheslav Kovalenko, said that since the end of May, users that entered the page were redirected to another website that launched a mining software on their computers.
Apparently, this malware was operative 10 days before being removed, allowing those who installed it to mine an important number of cryptocurrencies with other’s CPU power. On Thursday, the local news agency, Gubernia.com, reported that officials not only secured the website, but they also recommend users to block pop-up windows so as to avoid similar risks in the future.
The website provides information about the county administration. Users can check work news, events and other interesting things that take place in the region. The website receives about 600 visitors per day, which would help the hackers obtain a good profit from other’s power.
In recent months, other important sites, including YouTube suffered similar attacks that stole visitors CPU processing power. Back in February 2018, employees at the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics, were arrested for mining virtual currencies with the institute’s supercomputer, one of the most powerful in the world. Additionally, in Crimea, two IT workers were fired for installing mining hardware in the government building.
There are some regions in the United States that have forbidden mining activities due to the high electricity consumption rates, and lack of infrastructure for carrying out these activities.