United Kingdom government services were infected with a miner

This attack is the biggest to date
12 February 2018   1546

Last weekend it was reported that several thousand websites around the world including UK’s National Health Service, the Student Load Company and Information Commissioner’s Office and US government court system got infected with a malware Coinhive that used the computing power of the website visitors and mined cryptocurrency. It is also reported that the malware was injected sometime between 03:00 and 11:45 UTC

The cryptocurrency that was being mined turned out to be open source cryptocurrency Monero. The source of the indection was traced back a special plugin BrowseAloud. It aids blind and partially-sighted people in web browsing. This attack is the biggest one to date, according to Scott Helme, an IT consultant at National Cyber Security Centre. Mr. Helme suggested webmasters to try a special technique that catches and blocks attacker from implementing a malicious code.

Such atttack was made possible because nowadays any website loads in resources designed by third party companies. Thus, should any of these resources get compromised, all websites that rely on the resource will end up infected as well. Hackers simply have to break one provider to infect countless other webpages.

A single company being hacked has meant thousands of sites impacted across the UK, Ireland and the United States

 

Scott Helme

IT security consultant

Bitfury to Represent Bitcoin Mining Optimization Chip

The product is called Bitfury Clarke ASIC and it's based on five successful generations of mining chips
20 September 2018   122

Bitfury Group introduced a new generation of hardware for bitcoin mining under the control of the integrated microcircuit Bitfury Clarke ASIC.

Five successful generations of Bitfury mining chips are the basis for new Bitfury Clarke ASIC. According to the developers, the new chip has the highest performance characteristics among the bitcoin mining hardware.

14nm Bitfury Clarke ASIC is fully optimized for Bitcoin Mining on SHA256. The hashing capacity is up to 120 Gigahets per second (GH / s) with energy costs of only 55 miljoules per gigahash (mJ / GH). The minimum required mains voltage is 0.3 V.

In addition to selling Bitfury Clarke chips, Bitfury also integrates Bitfury Clarke into other hardware, including its own servers for mining and BlockBoxes, as well as in the mining centers in Canada, Norway, Iceland and Georgia.