cryptomining

Ghost blogging platform suffers security breach

Scary stuff as hackers exploit Salt vulnerability in attempt to mine cryptocurrency on breached blogging platform’s servers.

Crazy cryptomining Cooking Mama rumours spread as game pulled from Nintendo Switch online store

This weekend rumours circulated that the Nintendo Switch video game “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” contained code that would secretly hijack the game console’s processing power to mine for cryptocurrency.

Probably not the kind of think you expect as you attempt to conjour up everything from burritos to Baked Alaska.

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Whatever happened to cryptojacking?

A couple of years ago it felt like you couldn’t turn your head in any direction without seeing another headline about cryptomining and – its more evil sibling – cryptojacking.

So, what happened?

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

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Cryptojacked routers reduce by 78% in SE Asia following Operation Goldfish Alpha

Operation Goldfish Alpha was a six-month effort to secure hacked devices across Southeast Asia.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

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CookieMiner malware targets Macs, steals passwords and SMS messages, mines for cryptocurrency

Security researchers have discovered a new Mac malware threat that appears to be a sophisticated attempt to raid cryptocurrency wallets.

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

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Ex-Amazon worker – suspected of hacking Capital One – faces charges of breaching 30 other companies to mine cryptocurrency

Capital One isn’t the only organisation allegedly to have had its data breached by Paige Thompson, the former Amazon systems engineer.

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

Smashing Security podcast #143: Hacking from outer space, Ukrainian cryptomining, and deepfaked Canadians

Was a cybercrime committed on the International Space Station? What on earth were Ukrainian scientists thinking when they plugged a nuclear power station into the internet? And someone has cloned Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson’s voice…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Mark Stockley.

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Mining cryptocurrency at work lands Australian civil servant in court

A 33-year-old man from Sydney, New South Wales, could be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail after allegedly hijacking computers at his workplace to mine cryptocurrency.

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

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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.