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Opt-in cryptomining script Coinhive 'barely used' say researchers

Few sites are bothering to use the opt-in version of Coinhive, the controversial ride-along JavaScript crypto-mining package that requires end-users' consent to run. So said security firm Malwarebytes in an analysis emitted on Monday, but Coinhive developers disputed those findings and argued that a third of cryptomining-using …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2018
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Guys, you're killing us! LA Times homicide site hacked to mine crypto-coins on netizens' PCs

A Los Angeles Times' website has been silently mining crypto-coins using visitors' web browsers and PCs for several days – after hackers snuck mining code onto its webpages. The newspaper's IT staffers left at least one of the publication's Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage buckets wide open to anyone on the internet to …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2018
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UK ICO, USCourts.gov... Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned

Thousands of websites around the world – from the UK's NHS and ICO to the US government's court system – were today secretly mining crypto-coins on netizens' web browsers for miscreants unknown. The affected sites all use a fairly popular plugin called Browsealoud, made by Brit biz Texthelp, which reads out webpages for blind …
Chris Williams, 11 Feb 2018
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Now that's taking the p... Sewage plant 'hacked' to craft crypto-coins

Updated Infosec bods say they have uncovered what's thought to be the first case of a major industrial control system network infected with cryptocurrency-mining malware. SCADA security outfit Radiflow claimed today it found the software nasty lurking in computer systems at a water treatment facility. Several operational servers used …
Iain Thomson, 8 Feb 2018
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Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs

For the past few years, ransomware has been a bane of computer users. These software nasties infect PCs, scramble files, and demand payment in cryptocurrency to restore the documents. Those cryptocurrencies are a right faff to get hold of and transfer to miscreants at short notice. And there's no guarantee crooks will hand …
Iain Thomson, 1 Feb 2018
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Crypto-jackers slip Coinhive mining code into YouTube site ads

The hijacking of CPU cycles through crypto-mining JavaScript code has surged over the past few days, according to security biz Trend Micro. The reason appears to be a distribution campaign that piggybacks on Google's DoubleClick ads that appear on YouTube among other sites. "We detected an almost 285 per cent increase in the …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Jan 2018
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Up to 'ONE BEEELLION' vid-stream gawpers toil in crypto-coin mines

Security experts claim four extremely popular video-streaming websites have been secretly loaded with crypto-currency-crafting code. According to AdGuard, the massive Monero-mining operation was discovered when ad-blocking plugin developer was fine-tuning its ad blockers to catch and block sites that attempt to hijack web …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Dec 2017
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Argy-bargy Argies barge into Starbucks Wi-Fi with alt-coin discharges

Starbucks has joined the long growing list of organizations that have inadvertently and silently mined alt-coins on customers' computers for mystery miscreants. A sharp-eyed quaffer in a branch of the frothy-coffee-flavored-milk franchise noticed that when he signed on to the cafe's free Wi-Fi service something was amiss. …
Iain Thomson, 12 Dec 2017
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Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

Miscreants have found a way to continue running cryptocurrency-crafting JavaScript on Windows PCs even after netizens browse away from the webpage hosting the code. Researcher Jerome Segura of Malwarebytes said on Wednesday his team discovered scumbags had written some custom code to keep Coinhive's freely available in-browser …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2017

Crypto-jackers enlist Google Tag Manager to smuggle alt-coin miners

Crypto-jackers using Coin Hive code to secretly mine Monero via computing power supplied by the unsuspecting have found Google Tag Manager to be a convenient means of distribution. Security researcher Troy Mursch told The Register that he recently found Coinhive's free-to-use JavaScript running on the Globovisión website – …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2017

What do Vegas hookers, Colombian government, and 30,000 other sites have in common? Crypto-jacking miners

Over the past few months there has been an alarming rise in the number of websites running code that silently joyrides computers and secretly makes them mine digital currency for miscreants. The latest count suggests more than 30,000 sites are quietly running JavaScript miners on people's PCs and handhelds – way more than …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2017
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Coinhive crypto-jacking increasingly pops up in top 3 million websites

A total of 2,531 of the top 3 million websites (1 in 1,000) are running the Coin Hive miner, according to new stats from analytics firm Red Volcano. BitTorrent sites and the like were the main offenders but the batch also included the Ecuadorian Papa John's Pizza website [see source code]. JavaScript-based Coin Hive crypto- …
John Leyden, 9 Nov 2017
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Let's get ready to grumble! UFC secretly choke slams browsers with Monero miners

Yet another website has been caught secretly running Coin Hive's JavaScript that silently pressgangs visitors' computers into mining the Monero digital currency. On Monday, it was the turn of Ultimate Fighting Championship's pay-per-view ufc.tv site, which streams mixed martial arts battles in which men and women in tight …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2017

Cryptocurrency-crafting creeps crept crafty code into Google App Store

Android apps secretly harboring cryptocurrency-mining code have managed to make their way onto the shelves in the official Google Play Store. Researchers at Trend Micro found three programs available for download in the application souk that were surreptitiously using the spare CPU cycles on people's smartphones to mine Monero …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2017
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Coinhive hacked via old password to move manic miners' Monero into miscreants' pockets

Monero miner maker Coinhive was hacked so that websites using its code inadvertently redirected their generated cryptocurrency to miscreants – after the outfit forgot to change an old password. The team, which develops alt-coin mining JavaScript engines, said on Tuesday hackers had used an old Cloudflare account password to …
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2017
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Another day, another cryptocurrency miner lurking in a Google Chrome extension

Another Chrome extension has been found secretly harboring a cryptocurrency miner – and it appears this issue is going to get worse before it gets better. Reg reader Alessandro Polidori, a Node.js software engineer, spotted the use of Coin Hive's Monero-crafting code in the “Short URL (goo.gl)” extension for Chrome. After …
Iain Thomson, 23 Oct 2017

Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coinhive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

Malwarebytes has had enough of Coinhive's alt-currency-generating browser-side code, and is now automatically blocking it. The biz joins ad-block plugins in preventing Coinhive's Monero-crafting JavaScript from running in webpages, using visitors' electricity and hardware to mine new money. Coinhive is a legit outfit, and its …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017

Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

Updated Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website devoted to checking the factual accuracy of US politicians' words, appears to have been hacked so that it secretly mines cryptocurrency in visitors' browsers. The dot-com is run by the Tampa Bay Times, and already has its work cut out for it given the state of American politics. …
Iain Thomson, 13 Oct 2017

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