Coinhive hacked

Hackers were able to mine Monero for six hours, using the Coinhive power
26 October 2017   1617

On the night of October 24, unknown hackers hacked the Coinhive Miner's DNS server and redirected the production of crypto-currency to their own server. As reported by the Coinhive official blog, the hackers took advantage of the old password from Cloudflare, which was stolen from Kickstarter back in 2014.

Within six hours hackers mined the Monero cryptocurrency through thousands of computers of its victims around the world. The amount of damage to Coinhive users is not reported.

At the same time, the company reported that hackers did not have access to servers with databases and could not steal personal data.

We have learned hard lessons about security and used 2FA and unique passwords with all services since, but we neglected to update our years old Cloudflare account.
We're deeply sorry about this severe oversight.
 

Coinhive Team

Now the company is looking for opportunities to recover damages to its customers. In particular, it is planned to provide users with an additional 12 hours of using the service. 

Billionare's Wife Kidnappers to Demand €9M Worth XMR

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking
10 January 2019   150

In late October, the wife of one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in Norway, Tom Hagen, was kidnapped. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of € 9 million in Monero, according to Norway Today.

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen, 68, was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking. A note with a ransom request was also found there.

Note that Interpol and Europol are involved in the investigation of the case of Falkievik, and the fact of the abduction was kept secret for a long time for security reasons.

Today, January 9, the police confirmed that Falkievik was abducted, and communication with the criminals takes place exclusively through some kind of "electronic platform". In addition, in December, the kidnappers could not provide evidence that she was still alive.

Probably the Falkievik case is the first time in Norway when a ransom is demanded in a cryptocurrency equivalent. Nevertheless, the police recommended that the criminals be denied their claims.

Tom Hagen is the founder of Elkraft AS, a power supply company. His fortune is estimated at 1.7 billion NOK (€ 170 million).

Earlier, employees of the local prosecutor’s office in Kiev and the National Police of Ukraine detained two suspects accused of stealing a miner in March of this year and stealing $ 50,000.

Now they face up to 15 years of imprisonment for robbery committed by a group of individuals in a preliminary conspiracy, infiltration and theft in a particularly large scale.