Research to the Indian Economic Times (ET) report on the 17th, the official government website has become the main target of encryption hijacking in India.
Encryption hijacking (Cryptojacking) is a practice of using malware infection target, the target of malicious software uses your computer’s processing capacity to consent or mining knowingly without the owner encryption currency.
According to reports, new research by network security analysts has shown that trusted government websites, including the directors of the Andhra City Council, the Tirupati City Government, and the Macherla City Council website, have become the latest victims of encryption hijacking.
Safety researcher Indrajeet Bhuyan tells ET:
“The hackers are targeting government websites to exploit cryptocurrencies because these sites are very trafficked and most people trust them. Earlier, we saw many government websites being compromised (hacking). Now, injecting encryption devices is more fashionable. Because hackers can make money by this.”
According to the media, Shakil Ahmed, a security researcher based in Guwahati, Anish Sarma, and Bhuyan was the first to discover the vulnerability of the Andhra state government website. The vulnerability exists in the very popular subdomain of ap.gov.in. According to reports, these sites have an average of 160,000 visits in the past month.
According to ET reports, hijacking is common for corporate and government systems. PublicWWW lists more than 119 Indian websites running Coinhive code, which can be used to dig money through a web browser.
ET cited a recent Fortinet report that the number of encrypted hijackings between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018 more than doubled, and the proportion of affected companies rose from 13% to 28%.
Fortinet’s Rajesh Maurya told ET that illegal video streaming sites are a particularly profitable target because the script can exploit multiple CPU cycles to mine encrypted users watching movies or TV shows.
ET further reported that Internet of Things (IoT) products are seen by security experts as the “next frontier” of encryption devices because they have high processing power but may be idle for most of the day. ET’s search for the Internet of Things-focused search engine Shodan.io found that more than 13,500 home routers in India were infected with malicious hijacking malware, second only to Brazil.
As previously reported, a study by McAfee Labs, a network security company this summer, showed that in the first quarter of 2018, encryption hijacking of malware increased by an astonishing 629%.
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