Tesla's cloud account hacked to mine cryptocurrency

Independent security group discovered Tesla's cloud account being hacked and infected with a miner-virus
21 February 2018   983

Cryptocurrencies are on the rise and all sorts of shady characters are trying to get in with dubious methods. Recent string of hacking attacks is a perfect example. And now not only exchanges and users with their hard-earned coins are in danger, but also companies with large cloud infrastructure face the same threat.

RedLock, a security research firm, reports that electric car manufacturer Tesla's cloud account information has been leaked to the internet, which allowed hackers to access the company's cloud. It has been hacked and hardware infected with a miner virus called Stratum. The mining protocol masks itself with low CPU usage and obscuring the IP of the mining server.

Of course, RedLock immediately contacted Tesla with this information and the company quickly got to fixing the breach. Tesla's spokesperson assured us that customer personal information hasn't been compromised, and that the vulnerability was patched in a matter of hours. Only small test park of internally-used engineering sample cars has been impacted and no indication whatsoever discovered that actual customer cars have been compromised in any way.

It certanly looks possible, because according to the same RedLock Cloud Security Intelligence group mining profitability of Tesla's cloud is worth a lot more that all the customer data available could be sold for on the black market. This also isn't the first instance of such a hack with no data being stolen. In fact, hacks with intention of hijacking mining capacity has already targeted Gemalto, a world's largest SIM-card manufacturer, and Aviva, a British insurance company, just to name a few.

US Congressman to Call for Crypto Ban

As reported, Brad Sherman has called for a blanket ban on cryptocurrency buying
19 July 2018   77

American authorities should ban cryptocurrencies and mining. Such a statement on was made by Congressman Brad Sherman during the hearings of the Committee on Financial Services at the US House of Representatives, CoinDesk reports.

According to Sherman, in the future, cryptocurrencies may become a form of money, but at the moment they are used either by rogue states to bypass American sanctions or by individuals to evade taxes.

We should prohibit U.S. persons from buying or mining cryptocurrencies.
 

Brad Sherman

Congressman, US

At the same time, Norbert Mitchel, director of the Data Analysis Center of the Heritage Foundation, noted that the possible use of crypto-currency for criminal purposes should not stain other possibilities of digital currencies.

Yes it is true that criminals have used bitcoin, but it's also true that criminals have used airplanes, computers and automobiles. We shouldn't criminalize any of those instruments simply because criminals used them. Those components I believe are the main barriers to widespread adoption in the U.S.
 

Norbert Mitchel

Director of the Data Analysis Center, Heritage Foundation

As Eswar Prasad, senior professor at Cornell University, said, the existence of cryptocurrencies had the potential to impact the financial services system, particularly the payments system, in positive ways.