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Government websites hit by bitcoin-mining hackers
« on: 12 February 2018, 09:19:38 »
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Thousands of government websites have been hit by a crypto jacking hack, forcing them to run scripts that make visitors use their computer power to mine cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum and more.

These aren’t insignificant sites either. In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Student Loan Company have both been affected with the General Medical Council and NHS Inform also found running the script. In the US, the Indiana Government and the US courts system were also discovered to be running the crypto jacking script.

Coinhive’s script was able to run across all of these sites thanks to a piece of software called BrowseAloud. Embedded in all of the affected sites, TextHelp’s BrowseAloud software offers accessibility services to those with visual or literacy impairments who are browsing the web. Sometime on Sunday, a third-party made modifications to BrowseAloud by adding the Coinhive mining software.

http://www.alphr.com/security/1008460/government-websites-bitcoin-cryptocurrency-mining
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Re: Government websites hit by bitcoin-mining hackers
« Reply #1 on: 12 February 2018, 09:21:03 »
this is why u need CryptoCurrency protection - u can visit the sites infected and your computer will start working for them
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Re: Government websites hit by bitcoin-mining hackers
« Reply #2 on: 19 February 2018, 20:42:15 »
Sounds like the money makers are worried they will lose out?
It's all about control of the money?

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Re: Government websites hit by bitcoin-mining hackers
« Reply #3 on: 19 February 2018, 21:03:21 »
Sounds like the money makers are worried they will lose out?
It's all about control of the money?
Exactly

 

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