Cerber sneaks onto US government website

Cerber ransomware manages to sneak onto US government website
04 September 2017   666

The widespread Bitcoin extortion Cerber is famous for many vicious activities, including stealing passwords of browsers and data for logging into cryptocurrency wallets.   

Nowadays, the computer researchers have uncovered a ransomware on the website of the US National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)

It is unclear how long the ransomware has been embedded on the official government website and if the malicious file was able to victimize someone. According to the information provided by cointelegraph.com, the file was already removed, however, the fact that it was able to penetrate an official .gov domain is disturbing.

Thus, as reported, the file hosted a downloader for the Cerber ransomware. In generall, Cerber attacks by encrypting files on an infected device and makes them inaccessible until the owner agrees to pay a ransom in Bitcoin.

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It is believed that the government's site was hacked or the file was included in an email sent to a government official. The NWCG has not issued a public statement or provided additional information on the discovery and successful removal of the malicious file.

'Kodak Miner' Turned Out to be a Scam

KashMiner by Spotlite USA was promoted as Kodak branded bitcoin miner 
17 July 2018   143

The KashMiner bitcoin miner, exhibited at the Kodak stand during the CES technology show in Las Vegas, was in fact a product designed to mislead potential consumers and with a potentially unattainable potential return. This is reported by BBC.

Spotlite USA is licensed by Kodak's lighting division, which allows it to use the famous brand in its products. In January 2018 the company introduced its miner and announced that it intends to lease it. According to its business plan, potential users had to pay a commission before getting the device. It was expected that after depositing $ 3,400, the customer will receive a device that will allow him to easily cover expenses and receive revenue from bitcoin mining.

However the company did not have an official Kodak license to use the brand in the production of mining equipment and initially overstated the indicators of the potential profit of its device, refusing to take into account the growing complexity and costs of bitcoin mining. The advertising materials reported that KashMiner brings $ 375 a month, which, subject to a 2-year contract, would allow the client to receive $ 5,600 of profit after paying a commission. Experts from the industry of cryptocurrency call this offer a scam.

There is no way your magical Kodak miner will make the same $375 every month.
 

Saifedean Ammous

Economist

CEO Spotlite USA Halston Mikail previously reported that he plans to install hundreds of miners at the headquarters of Kodak. According to him, he already managed to place 80 miners there, but the Kodak spokesman denied this information.

While you saw units at CES from our licensee Spotlite, the KashMiner is not a Kodak brand licensed product. Units were not installed at our headquarters.
 

Kodak Spokesman

In a phone call with the BBC, Spotlite's Halston Mikail said the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had prevented the scheme from going ahead.