Microsoft Word Has Mining Vulnerability, Votiro Says

According to researhers, vulnerability is caused by the new feature of Microsoft Word
22 February 2018   2165

Java mining scripts for Monero can be run inside Word documents. This became possible thanks to a new feature that appeared in the latest versions of Microsoft Office products. It allows you to add text to the video using the iframe insertion code. The file itself does not become harder, because the view is done online. This is reporte by Block Tribune.

The problem was noticed by a researcher from the Israeli company Votiro Amit Dori. He writes that the video player is actually a disguised Internet Explorer browser that operates in an offline mode. In addition, Word allows you to insert links to any site on the Internet, even if it is not in the white list.

You can protect yourself by maintaining an up-to-date machine with all security patches and updates installed. Furthermore, if you spot a serious CPU rise while watching an online video in Word, be aware it might be an in-browser miner and close the video frame.
 

Amit Dori

Security researcher, Votiro

The scammer can place the video in his own domain, adding to it a Java-script for mining. It is worth the user to click on the playback, as the crypto miner starts to mine Monero, parasitizing on the power of its processor.

Argo Blockchain to Report on x10 Revenue Increase

For the 2019, the company received Bitcoin mining revenue of £ 8.5 million, in 2018 it was £ 760,000
20 January 2020   118

Bitcoin mining company Argo Blockchain said this Monday that its revenue from its core business in 2019 increased 10 times. According to a press release on the website of the London Stock Exchange (LSE), where Argo shares are traded, for the first full year in business, the company received revenue of £ 8.5 million compared to £ 760,000 in 2018.

Argo listing on the main LSE market took place in August 2018. The data presented were not audited - the reports after the audit will be available in April.

The company clarifies that in the fourth quarter of 2019, it mined 432 bitcoins, which is six bitcoins higher than in the third quarter. However, in the last quarter, the company's revenue fell to £ 2.66 million, while in the third quarter it was £ 3.63 million.

Our mining operations continued to generate industry-best mining margin in the last quarter despite a softening in market conditions from the previous quarter. Our state-of-the-art mining platform is performing as expected and with the expansion of our mining network on pace, along with the recent rise with the price of Bitcoin, Argo is well-placed for a strong year ahead.

 

Peter Wall

Argo Blockchain CEO

 The company is increasing mining capacity in anticipation of halving and currently has 13,364 devices, including 6,375 Bitmain Antminer T17s, which were installed on January 1. By the end of the quarter, Argo intends to add another 3,625 of the same miners. It is estimated that with a full set of 17,000 devices, its computing capacity will exceed 650 petaheches.