CyberWisdom Safe Harbor Commentary on Coinhive miners
Trend Micro has seen a surge in the number of Cryptocurrency miners over the past few days, including Coinhive, apparently linked to Google’s DoubleClick ads on YouTube and other websites.
Due to the rapid rise of monetary value such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the number of cyber attacks on cryptocurrencies has increased.
Hackers are targeting almost any unit that participates in cryptocurrency operations, a single user, miners, and of course, exchanges.
Security companies have discovered several malware applications specifically designed to steal cryptocurrencies, and many websites have been stolen to install scripts to mine virtual coins, misusing unidentified visitors’ computing resources.
Researchers at Trend Micro have seen a surge in the number of Coinhie miners in the past few days, apparently related to Google’s DoubleClick ads on YouTube and other websites.
“On January 24, 2018, we found that the number of detected Coinhive miners tripled due to malicious advertising campaigns, and we found that ads found on high-traffic sites use not only Coinhive (Trend Micro as JS_COINHIVE.GN) But also uses a separate web-mining tool to connect to the private pool, “said Trend Micro’s analysis report.
“We found Coinhive miners up nearly 285% on January 24. We saw traffic increase to five malicious domains on January 18. After scrutinizing network traffic, we found that traffic came from DoubleClick ads.”
The researchers observed two separate web-miner-monetized miner scripts, all hosted on AWS, that were invoked on the web page displaying DoubleClick ads.
“Both webmasters configured a throttle of 0.2, which means miners will use 80% of CPU resources for mining.” Continue analysis.
Google immediately violates the policy on ads that abuse user resources.
Trend Micro uncovered a spike in the number of Coinhie miners over the past few days, including Coinhive, apparently linked to Google’s DoubleClick ads that are proposed on YouTube and other sites. The number of cyber-attacks against cryptocurrencies is increased due to a rapid increase in the value of currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum…. Engaging post, Read More…
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