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Coinhive on Computers, Malware on Telegram: Vulnerabilities Used for Mining

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 | bitcoin updates

Articles read out: In the first days of February around 4,000 state websites of the USA and Great Britain were infected via the alienated WordPress extension browsealoud. Coinhive monster mining software was discovered by British security researcher Scott Helme. In addition, there is a new vulnerability in the Messenger Telegram, which also serves by means of malicious software unwanted mining. The commercial software texthelp the company of the same name automatically translates posts to read to visitors to a website in different languages. Using the browserealoud plug-in, you can make the software available in all WordPress blogs. The cybercriminals have just changed a tiny script called ba.js to install the Coinhive mining malware on the weblogs. The reading software and plug-in runs on countless state websites, which has made the activities of cybercriminals extremely easy. In addition, such a mining software is worthwhile only if enough visitors are online on the infected pages. The hackers were therefore very picky in the selection of their victims. The British security researcher Scott Helme has noticed the infection and various operators via Twitter informed. The manufacturer of texthelp has removed the WordPress extension browsealoud on February 11, to protect users from further damage. To protect yourself against such malware, you can do so with one of the numerous mining detectors or blockers available on the Mozilla Chrome Web Store and on the add-on page. In addition, NoScript prevents the execution of any scripts, which cybercriminals also no longer have a chance to Min.Krypto-Mining: Kaspersky Lab detects new vulnerability in TelegramSorgen is currently also a previously unknown vulnerability in the desktop app of the messenger service Telegram. Either the computer is prepared for a later takeover of cybercriminals or immediately infected with different malware. As messengers become increasingly popular, they also make it a popular target for hackers. In addition to conventional malicious software and spyware, Telegram's vulnerability also allows Mining software for Monero, Zcash or Fantomcoin to be played on the infected computers. The users should be encouraged via their messenger to download infected files and display the main images, which begins the acquisition of the computer. The zero-day vulnerability is based on the RLO Unicode method (right-to-left override) and can be exploited on Mac OS X and Windows PCs, according to Kaspersky Lab. The manufacturer of telegram was informed about the vulnerability. Since then, according to Kaspersky Lab, there are no more infections. If you want to be on the safe side, you should never accept files from unknown chat partners via Telegram. Particularly critical is, for example, the display of images or PDF documents, as over the acquisition of the computer can succeed. Initial evidence in the investigation of the malware suggests a Russian background of cybercriminals.BTC-ECHOAbout Lars SobirajLars Sobiraj began in 2000 as a career changer for various computer magazines. In 2006, gulli.com added new priorities: network policy and copyright. After leading the editorial team until October 2012, he now works freelance for various online magazines and of course for his own project, Tarnkappe.info. In addition, Lars Sobiraj teaches students on Sustainable Marketing & Leadership (M.A.) at Cologne University of Applied Sciences Fresenius how to use the Internet and social networks. Some time ago there was a growing interest in cryptocurrency, which fortunately works without the control of central banks. He would like to do his part to ensure that Bitcoin & Co. are not only of interest to pure speculators, but also to the woman and the man next door. All contributions by Lars Sobiraj

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