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money laundering

Crooks opt for Monero as crypto of choice to launder ill-gotten gains

Crooks are increasingly turning to Monero over Bitcoin, according to a new study on the economics of cybercrime. "Platforms like Monero are designed to be truly anonymous, and tumbler services like CoinJoin can [further] obscure transaction origins," said Dr Mike McGuire, senior lecturer in criminology at Surrey University and …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2018

Cryptocurrency miners go nuclear, RSA blunder, Winner back in court, and plenty more

Roundup Here's a quick summary of infosec news from this week, beyond what we've already covered. Cloud security shop Cyren surveyed 500,000 websites over the past four months, and said it saw a 725 per cent increase in the use of surreptitious crypto-coin mining code. The bulk of that code has shown up in the past two months, and it' …
Iain Thomson, 4 Mar 2018

Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin

Hot on the heels of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise and fall - and rise, British parliamentarians have decided to launch an inquiry into digital currencies. The Treasury Committee, one of the more influential of the House of Commons’ talking shops, today confirmed it will investigate the impact of cryptocurrencies and how they can be …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Feb 2018

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

US website Salon.com has decided that if people want to block its ads, they should pay in another way - by allowing the biz to use their computing power to mine for cryptocurrency. On visiting Salon’s site, users with an ad blocker are greeted with a message that asks them to either disable the kit or allow the site “to use …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Feb 2018
Coal miners

Year-old vuln turns Jenkins servers into Monero mining slaves

Here's a salutary reminder why it pays to patch promptly: a Jenkins bug patched last year became the vector for a multi-million-dollar cryptocurrency mining hijack. A campaign security researchers dubbed “JenkinsMiner” exploited CVE-2017-1000353, a deserialisation bug first disclosed with fixes by the Jenkins team in April …
waterworks

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
miner

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
Coal miners

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
Oracle

And Oracle E-biz suite makes 3: Package also vulnerable to exploit used by cryptocurrency miner

A third Oracle enterprise package has been patched against a crypto-mining exploit. Security outfit Onapsis warns that Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is vulnerable to the cryptocurrency miner exploit that was recently used to hack Oracle's PeopleSoft and WebLogic servers. Campaigns based on these security shortcomings have …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2018

Oracle WebLogic hole primed to pump Monero

An Oracle WebLogic vulnerability fixed in October last year is being exploited on unpatched machines to mine Monero, a cryptocurrency, and other lesser-known imaginary coins. Writing for the the SANS Technology Institute, Renato Marinho, chief research officer at Morphus Labs, on Monday said a recently disclosed software bug …
starbucks

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

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
UFC

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
Miner

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

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
MANCHESTER, UK - Cristiano Ronaldo reacts prior to the UEFA Champions League semi-final game between Manchester City and Real Madrid

Real Mad-quid: Murky cryptojacking menace that smacked Ronaldo site grows

Cryptojacking is well on its way to becoming a new menace to internet hygiene. On some sites, internet publishers are making money by using the spare processor cycles of visiting surfers to mine cryptocurrency, using scripts running in the background on pages to mine coins. In other cases, hackers have planted JavaScript on …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2017

CBS's Showtime caught mining crypto-coins in viewers' web browsers

The websites of US telly giant CBS's Showtime contained JavaScript that secretly commandeered viewers' web browsers over the weekend to mine cryptocurrency. The flagship Showtime.com and its instant-access ShowtimeAnytime.com sibling silently pulled in code that caused browsers to blow spare processor time calculating new …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Sep 2017

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