Technology Cryptocurrency mining site hijacked millions of Android phones

14:43  13 february  2018
14:43  13 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

Hackers infect Android phones, TVs to mine cryptocurrency

  Hackers infect Android phones, TVs to mine cryptocurrency Chinese researchers found hackers turning internet-connected devices into tools for creating caches of the digital currency Monero.The attack affected 7,000 devices in China, which were hacked into a network that harnessed the processing power of the connected devices to mine, or digitally create, the Monero cryptocurrency, according to ZDNet. Though not as big as some recent botnets, security experts say this approach will increasingly be used by hackers looking to make money off of other people's computers, IoT devices, phones and tablets.

Government websites fall prey to cryptocurrency mining hijack . Malwarebytes has detailed a "drive-by" mining campaign that redirected millions of Android users to a website that hijacked their phone processors for mining Monero.

This new drive-by cryptomining campaign has hijacked millions of devices to mine cryptocurrency Pixabay/Creative Commons. Until users solve the CAPTCHA code, the site runs an exhaustive cryptojacking script that exploits the phone ’s CPU power to mine Monero – a process that could

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Smartphone users are just as vulnerable to cryptocurrency mining hijacks as their PC counterparts, and sometimes on a dramatic scale. Malwarebytes has detailed a "drive-by" mining campaign that redirected millions of Android users to a website that hijacked their phone processors for mining Monero. While the exact trigger wasn't clear, researchers believed that infected apps with malicious ads would steer people toward the pages. And it wasn't subtle -- the site would claim that you were showing "suspicious" web activity and tell you that it was mining until you entered a captcha code to make it stop.

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Cryptocurrency hijacking was unheard of on the android phones . Malwarebytes using a detailed “drive-by” mining advertisement, redirected millions of traffic ( Android users) to sites that used their phones to mine Monero.

Millions of Android users have unwittingly lent their device to a drive-by cryptocurrency mining campaign in what's Opera now blocks attackers from hijacking your browser for mining Bitcoin [TechRepublic]. Android security: Coin miners show up in apps and sites to wear out your CPU.

The exact number of victims isn't apparent, but it's large. Malwarebytes identified five internet domains using the same captcha code and Coinhive site keys used for the campaign. At least two of the sites had over 30 million visits per month, and the combined domains had about 800,000 visits per day. Even though most people only ever spent a short amount of time on the pages (an average of 4 minutes), that amounted to a lot of mining time.

Not surprisingly, Malwarebytes is recommending that Android phone users use web filters and security software to fend off these hijacks. We'd add that you can reduce the odds of encountering these campaigns by sticking to Google Play for app downloads, since you're less likely to run into rogue apps. However, it's doubtful that mining ploys like this will go away any time soon. So long as cryptocurrency values remain through the roof, you're bound to see someone hoping to make a few coins at your expense.

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