United Kingdom government services were infected with a miner

This attack is the biggest to date
12 February 2018   2072

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

Bitmain IPO Application Deadline to Expire

According to the latest statement, team doesn't lose spirit and appointed new CEO
26 March 2019   84

The application of the Chinese mining company Bitmain to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) expired yesterday, March 25. This is reported by the Cointelegraph.

The company filed an application six months ago, for which it provided financial statements to the HKEx committee. However, during this period, the hearing on the application did not take place.

To re-register an application to HKEx, the company will need to disclose financial statements for the third quarter of 2018.

Today, 26.03.19, Bitmain published a blog post, in which it reported in new CEO Haichao Wang appointment and share some plans.

Bitmain’s listing application to HKex in September 2018 has reached its 6-month expiration date. We do recognize that despite the huge potential of the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry, it remains a relatively young industry which is proving its value. We hope regulatory authorities, media, and the general public can be more inclusive to this young industry. We will restart the listing application work at an appropriate time in the future.
 

Bitmain Team

In November 2018, an application for an IPO from a mining company Canaan Creative was canceled.