cryptomining

tripwire.com

Coinhive, the in-browser cryptomining service beloved by hackers, is dead

“To be completely honest, it isn’t economically viable anymore,” says Coinhive.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

Chinese headmaster fired after setting up his own secret cryptomining rig at school

A Chinese headmaster has lost his job after it was discovered he was stealing the school’s electricity to power a secret cryptocurrency-mining rig.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Fake Adobe update really *does* update Flash (while also installing cryptominer)

Online criminals are planting cryptomining code on victims’ Windows computers, using the camouflage of an update to Adobe Flash Player.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Cryptominers killing cryptominers to squeeze more out of your CPU

30 years may have passed since the advent of the computer virus problem, but there is still malware fighting malware for control of your PC.


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bitdefender.com

Steam game Abstractism pulled after cryptomining accusations

Valve has pulled a game from its online Steam store after allegations were made that it was exploiting players’ computer resources to mine for cryptocurrency.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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The Pirate Bay is cryptomining for Monero with your CPU again

The Pirate Bay is in hot water again after being discovered running a cryptocurrency miner on its website.

Make sure you always read the <small> print.


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Cryptomining with JavaScript in an Excel spreadsheet

It didn’t take long at all for a security researcher to demonstrate how easy it was to turn an Excel spreadsheet into a cryptomining machine.


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tripwire.com

Kitty malware gets its claws into Drupal websites to mine Monero

Websites running vulnerable versions of the Drupal content management system are being targeted by the latest incarnation of the Kitty malware family.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #071: Pony-tailed pundit ponders privacy problems

Endangering your friends online, the fibs told by VPN vendors, developments from the world of cryptomining, and Carole shares an animated GIF with Mikko and Graham.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by Mikko Hyppönen from F-Secure.


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tripwire.com

Poisoned BitTorrent client kickstarted malware outbreak that tried to infect 400,000 PCs

Microsoft has detailed how it intercepted a massive malware distribution campaign on March 6th which attempted to infect over 400,000 Windows PCs with cryptomining software in a single 12 hour period.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #069: Cryptomining, China, and Bob Ross

How come Apple’s Mac App Store authorised a buggy app that mined for cryptocurrency in the background? How can a Mosquito attack steal data from an air-gapped computer? And is China keeping score on its social media-loving citizens?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest John Hawes.


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Calendar 2 app pulled from Mac App Store after cryptomining controversy

Calendar 2 offered of its features for free if you allowed it to “unobtrusively” generate Monero cryptocurrency in the background.

Shame then that it wasn’t unobtrusive, and bugs meant it mined regardless of whether you wanted it to or not.


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tripwire.com

LA Times homicide website throttles cryptojacking attack

Whoever hacked the LA Times’ interactive county murder map probably hoped to make a killing mining cryptocurrency – but swift action from a security researcher has put paid to their plans.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #065: Cryptominomania, Poppy, and your Amazon Alexa

Cryptomining goes nuclear, YouTube for Kids gets scary, and TV ads have been given the green light to mess with your Amazon Alexa.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.


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Salon website gives you a choice: turn off your ad blocker or let us mine cryptocurrencies

If you don’t want to disable your ad blocker, maybe you’ll feel comfortable letting Salon.com run code from Coinhive which will gobble up your computer’s resources to mine some Monero cryptocurrency.


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Government websites hijacked by cryptomining plugin

More than 4000 websites, including many belonging to governments around the world, were hijacked this weekend by hackers who managed to plant Coinhive cryptocurrency-mining code designed to exploit the resources of visiting computers.


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