In recent times, the topic of crypto value and especially bitcoin has exponentially increased. The reason for this is the enormous bitcoin jump that at the moment of writing this text amounts to somewhat less than $ 12,000 for one bitcoin with a tendency of further growth. And that’s not all, except Bitcoin, there has been a steady rise in the price of Ethereum and Litecoin’s crypto value. This alone raises the question of all kinds of manipulations associated with these and similar crypto value.
This post I wanted to dedicate to this topic and to warn the wider community with dangers.
What has changed
Earlier, the primary target of cybercrime was a user computer with the intent to steal some data or turn it into a zombie computer that is part of a large botnet of infected computers that can be used for DDOS attacks or sending SPAM messages. By developing the popularity of cryptocurrencies, cyber hackers came up with the idea of using a computer of internet users for a completely different purpose. The user’s computer means its central processor (CPU) is used for something known as a “mining” process. Resolution of a cryptographic algorithm used to generate new bitcoins.
How it all works
What’s behind this
The company that made the code executed on user searchers without the user’s warning and knowledge is CoinHive. A large number of sites did not warn users, this is especially present on torrent sites. Some websites such as the PassThePopcorn torrent site have announced that they will start using this Monero Crusher Mining Technique as a way to fund the work of the site itself.
How to prevent code execution
What else, where are we going?
Cybercriminals have realized that they are more likely to attack and use large CPUs that have the exceptionally high processing power, instead of ordinary home and laptop computers, Reuters reported that an attack on a Russian computer that is used for the pipeline and is not so known as bitcoins are generated on its processor.
I hope I have managed to reach out to the wider audience to the latest trend that will be increasingly abused in the coming period.