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Offline Maik

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Gov websites mined cyptocurrency
« on: Sunday, 11 February, 2018 @ 20:21:01 »
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Government websites mined cryptocurrency after hack

Thousands of government websites have been hijacked by hackers to mine cryptocurrency, in a process known as "cryptojacking", it has emerged.

The sites, including the Information Commissioner's Office, the Scottish NHS helpline and the Student Loans company - along with hundreds of other central and local government sites -  appear to have been running a power-pinching program that uses visitors' computers to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

The websites were infected with malware called Coinhive, which works by hiding in a website’s code, while stealing the processing power of its visitors' devices to mine cryptocurrency.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/02/11/government-websites-secretly-mining-cryptocurrency/


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Re: Gov websites mined cyptocurrency
« Reply #1 on: Monday, 12 February, 2018 @ 15:16:39 »
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What to do?

So far as we can see, simply shutting down your browser is enough to kill off any cryptomining scripts that may have been left behind by this attack.
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/02/12/cryptomining-script-poisons-government-websites-what-to-do/