Tag Archives: Hackers

NSA Tools Used to Unleash Crypto Mining Malware by Hackers

Hackers are now using software developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to illicitly mine cryptocurrencies. According to a recent report released by the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), compiled by a collective of cyber-security experts from McAfee, Cisco Talos, NTT Security, Rapid7 and Sophos, among others, crypto mining malware detections have jumped to over 400 percent within the past one and a half years. Continue reading NSA Tools Used to Unleash Crypto Mining Malware by Hackers

Hackers Shut Down Government Computers In Atlanta

Hackers have shut down key computer systems in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia and are demanding $51,000 in Bitcoin to reenable the affected systems, Fortune reports today, March 23. Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the attack in a press conference on Thursday, March 22. She told members of the press that officials “don’t know the extent [of the attack] or if anyone’s personal data or bank accounts will be compromised. All of us are subject to this attack.” Continue reading Hackers Shut Down Government Computers In Atlanta

Hackers Injected Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

Earlier this week, hackers infiltrated Browsealoud, a free text-to-translation tool, and injected the Coinhive cryptocurrency mining malware script into the tool’s JavaScript codebase. Consequently, the estimated 4,275 websites using Browsealoud — including some operated by government agencies in the US and UK — became unwitting pawns in a cryptocurrency mining malware gambit, believed to be the largest-scale attack of its kind. When users visited the website, the Coinhive mining script automatically began harnessing the visitor’s computer processing power to mine anonymity-centric cryptocurrency Monero. However, perhaps due to the massive scale of the breach — and the fact that it targeted prominent government websites — the exploit was quickly discovered, and by the end of the day, Browsealoud creator Texthelp had suspended the service.

Reference: https://www.ccn.com/hackers-injected-cryptocurrency-mining-malware-into-4275-government-websites-they-only-made-24/