Hack left government sites mining the cryptocurrency Monero
Feb 15, 2018, 01:18
Over the past few months, websites and servers have been repeated targets of malware that forces web browsers to secretly mine cryptocurrencies while using sites.
"We don't know how Texthelp were compromised yet, so it is hard to say whether they were really unlucky or there was some kind of inherent problem with what they were doing".
More than 4,000 websites are said to have been hacked, including the IN state government's website, the United States Courts' website and many UK government, ones such as the ICO, but the affected code had now been disabled, the BBCreports.
The hijacking script uses Coinhive, a popular mining script itself is not meant to be malicious-at least according to its creators-but has gained a reputation for being used in these types of attacks, often referred to as cryptojacking. The affected websites all ran Browsealoud-a plugin from British tech firm Texthelp that reads out websites for those with visual impairments or conditions that affect eyesight.
It is a cryptocurrency created to make transactions untraceable, making it a better option than Bitcoin for those wanting to hide from the law.
TextHelp withdrew the plugin as a security measure, and a number of the affected websites were also taken offline. It inserts the code for Coinhive'sMonero miner into it, meaning sites using the plugin were serving up the mining code without realizing it.
"If you want to load a crypto miner on a thousand websites you don't attack them all, you attack the one website they all load content from".
In a statement, Martin McKay, Texthelp's Chief Technology Officer (CTO), in a statement said the compromise was a criminal act and an investigation is underway. The company who makes the plug-in, Texthelp, thereafter confirmed the plug-in was hit for four hours by code created to generate cryptocurrency.
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