Hijack alert: EthOS miners are the new victims

According to Bitdefender, new hijack bot is aimed to the EthOS mining devices; continue reading to learn more
02 November 2017   835

The developers of Bitdefender antivirus have identified hackers who seize control over the Ethereum crypto currency miners and steal money from the victims' wallets. This was reported by the company's blog.

According to it, the hijack bot was launched on October 30 and is aimed at finding equipment running a 64-bit operating system ethOS with the factory accounting information SSH.

Thanks to the fake site-bait experts of Bitdefender managed to identify the algorithm of hackers. As it turned out, at first the attackers tried to hack the site with the help of combinations of passwords and SSH logins (ethos: live, as well as root: live), then they wanted to change the purse ID to their own. 

So, if you are running an Ether Miner based on Ethereum OS, make sure you have changed the default login credentials. If you haven’t done so, now would be a good time to check whether the miner is sending money to you, not hackers.

Bogdan Botezatu
Bitdefender team

Hijack scheme 
Hijack scheme

Aditionally, the Bitdefender team found out the hackers' wallet. Fortunatelly, at the moment of press, they stole aroun 2 ETH.

Hackers' wallet
Hackers' wallet

It is worth noting that EthOS is present on 38,000 mining devices. So if you use EthOS mining devices, don't forget to check your login data.

Ethereum Community Fund Created

Cosmos, Golem, Global Blockchain Labs, Maker, OmiseGo, Raiden and Tendermint are involved in the creation of the new fund
16 February 2018   113

Prominent members of the Ethereum ecosystem open a fund designed to support projects developed on the blockchain of the second largest crypto currency. This is reported by CoinDesk.

Cosmos, Golem, Global Blockchain Labs, Maker, OmiseGo, Raiden and Tendermint are involved in the creation of the Ethereum Community Fund (ECF). Their goal is to introduce the services on the basis of Ethereum in the infrastructure of companies, which they can be useful.

The fund's founders also intend to launch a grant program that will provide "permanent financial security" to selected projects, the press release said.

The founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin directly participates in the work of the fund, in a letter to CoinDesk confirming that he acts as an adviser.

Ethereum has grown beyond my expectations over the last few years, but the work is clearly not finished. Delivering value that matches the hype should be the mantra of 2018; efforts such as the ECF which help organize the development of the ecosystem are going to help make that possible.

Vitalik Buterin

Co-creater, Ethereum

ECF is not the only organization dedicated to the development of the Ethereum ecosystem. Ethereum Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that also makes a significant contribution to the development of the platform, in January announced the launch of two sponsorship programs designed for developers seeking solutions to scale the network. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance provides resources to companies interested in applying Ethereum, and links Fortune 500 companies with crypto-cash start-ups.