Hackers use government websites of India for covert mining
Cryptogenic reached India. Local newspaper the Economic Times reported that the official government sites are the main targets of the hackers involved in the illegal mining of cryptocurrencies. The group of experts on cyber security have reviewed the more than 4,000 websites running on their pages code, allowing to recognize the presence of the script cryptogamia. The results showed that the affected script official sites of the municipal administration, Andhra Pradesh and Tirupati municipalities and Macherla.
The first malware, the researchers found Shakeel Ahmed, Anish Sharma and indrajit, Bhuyan. According to them, we are talking about sub-domain of the official portal of the government of Andhra Pradesh ap.gov.in that month visited by more than 160,000 people.
“Hackers prefer mine cryptocurrency via government websites due to high traffic, but also because of the trust that people have for these resources. We’ve seen hacker attacks on government websites. But now, in a fashion cryptogenic as it is more profitable occupation,” wrote in the report, Bhuyan.
Although crypto-currencies have not yet received in India wide distribution, it seems that cryptogenic already started to win the position.
This year has been hacked the website of the head of Association of trade unions Ravi Shankar Prasad — infiltrated into the system the virus has been mining Monero. One of the leaders of transnational corporations Fortinet Rajesh Maurya says:
Hidden mining in India is becoming big business. This technology works most effectively on illegal video streaming sites, where people spend hours watching movies or TV series.
Security experts believe that the next target will be cryptogamia of the device, United by the Internet of things. Electronic devices with high computing power can be effectively used for mining.
The researchers also found that more than 13 500 home routers in India infected with malware. These data were obtained through the search engine Shodan.io, working mainly with the Internet of things. Worldwide in the fourth quarter of last year, cryptogenic affected 13% of companies, and in the first quarter of this year, this figure rose to 28%.