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Australian sites among thousands hacked to include mining script

Monero cryptocurrency UK ICO, USCourts.gov… Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin hacked
Frank Williams | 12 February, 2018, 09:24

Dozens of Irish websites including those of government bodies have been compromised by hackers as part of a breach that forced users across the world to mine cryptocurrencies for the benefit of the attackers.

The process forces a visitor's computer to mine cryptocurrency without their consent.

Both federal and state government websites locally are included in the list. A spokesman for the... The UK's National Cyber Security Centre is investigating the incident.

Just last week Apple and Android systems were infected with similar mining malware, and the frequency of exploits such as this will only increase due to the gains to be made and lack of any prosecution.

Hackers used the same browser plug-in that the United Kingdom government was exposed with, Browsealoud, with the developers of the extension, Texthelp, confirming hackers infused crypto mining software Coinhive into their extension.

In December The Guardian reported that almost 1 billion visitors to the video sites Openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo and OnlineVideoConverter were also being crypto-jacked. He said he learned about the compromised JavaScript file on Sunday morning. Coinhive hijacks the processing power of a user's computer to mine the cryptocurrency Monero.

Late hitting heroics keep South Africa alive in ODI series against India
Dhawan also felt that spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were troubled by the wet field conditions at the New Wanderers Stadium . South Africa upheld its record of never losing a Pink Day ODI and defeated India by 5 wickets.

Helme documented the attack on his website, while Texthelp said an investigation was under way.

The office of the Queensland Parliamentary Council, which operates the Queensland legislation website, and the Victorian parliament have been contacted for comment.

"If you want to load a crypto miner on 1,000+ websites you don't attack 1,000+ websites, you attack the 1 website that they all load content from", Helme wrote on his blog.

The hack added the Coinhive program to the impacted websites. Helme suggested government websites must be held to a higher security standard.

Texthelp, the company that provides Browsealoud, has confirmed that the compromised plugin has been taken offline.

The Queensland Government legislation website appears to be among the Australian sites affected.

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