Cryptocurrency miners hijack NHS computers to create bitcoin-style money using malware


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Hackers are mining a cryptocurrency cast bitcoin

The hackers used a type of malware called Coinhive that slinks in a website’s code.

It then uses the processing power of those people call in the sites to mine more a currency called Monero.

Those quarried include the the Scottish NHS helpline Information Commissioner’s Office and Student Allows company, the Telegraph reported.

Another 4,700 sites have also been infected by the tires.

Confidence researcher Scott Helme, who discovered the malware, said: “This is unbelievably worrying.

“It is really easy to prevent and I’m disappointed that Government organisations procure not taken the incredibly easy steps available to them to stop this from incident.

“This type of attack isn’t new – but this is the biggest I’ve seen. A single South African private limited company being hacked has meant thousands of sites impacted across the UK, Ireland and the In agreement States.

“Someone just messaged me to say their local government website in Australia is put to using the software as well.”

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Malware is being used for mining

Mr Helme utter he traced the malicious software to the plug-in Browsealoud which is designed to employees those with sight problems access the internet.

Developer Texthelp reinforced the program was hit by malicious code to generate cryptocurrency. 

Texthelp data collateral officer Martin McKay said: “Texthelp has in place continuous automated safe keeping tests for Browsealoud, and these detected the modified file and as a result the by-product was taken offline.

“This removed Browsealoud from all our customer placements immediately, addressing the security risk without our customers having to look like any action.

“Texthelp can report that no customer data has been accessed or vanished.” Mr McKay also announced that an independent security consultancy will-power begin a security review of the company’s systems.

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Demand for cryptocurrencies has amassed crime fears

An ICO spokesman said: “We are aware of the issue and are working to alter into it. 

“We will be taking our website down as a precautionary measure whilst this is done.”

A spokesperson for the Jingoistic Cyber Security Centre said: “NCSC technical experts are examining matter involving incidents of malware being used to illegally mine cryptocurrency. 

“The played services has been taken offline, largely mitigating the issue. Control websites will continue to operate securely. 

“At this stage there is nothing to introduce that members of the public are at risk.”

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