United Kingdom government services were infected with a miner

This attack is the biggest to date
12 February 2018   732

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

FCC Demanded a Miner to Turn Off his Mining Hardware

The FCC concluded that the mining rig was generating spurious emissions and causing harmful interference on T-Mobile’s broadband network
21 February 2018   70

According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notification, it has received a complaint from T-Mobile with regards to “interference to its 700 MHz LTE network in Brooklyn, New York” during last year. The commission’s agents confirmed that the “radio emissions in the 700 MHz band were emanating from…an antminer s5 bitcoin miner.”

In the notification, the FCC states that ‘the device was generating spurious emissions on frequencies assigned to T-Mobile’s broadband network and causing harmful interference”.

The commission issued a warning to the owner of the mining hardware Victor Rosario. He was not allowed to continue the operation of the device because it caused harmful interference. A violation of the Federal laws cited above and could subject the operator to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action to seize the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.

According to the FCC, it has not made a determination as to whether or not other Antminer S5s produce disruptive emissions in the 700 MHz band. It also emphasizes that it does not wish to suggest that all Antminer S5 devices are noncompliant but it aware that devices can be modified in a manner that creates harmful interference.