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Government Websites in India Hacked for Crypto Mining

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:53 am

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Hackers have targeted government websites in India with malware in order to conduct illicit cryptocurrency mining.

The government of India has a contentious relationship with cryptocurrency. Currently, the country’s Supreme Court is working to come up with a verdict in the ongoing dispute between exchanges and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which had ordered that all banks and financial institutions have no dealings with crypto exchanges or traders. Yet the government is an active, albeit unknowing, participant in cryptocurrency mining, although such a situation has only recently come to light.

Shakil Ahmed, Anish Sarma, and Indrajeet Bhuyan are three security researchers who have combed through government websites. They found that hundreds of government websites in India have been compromised with cryptojacking malware and are being used for crypto mining.

The researches started with AP government websites due to the fact that they receive 1.6 million visitors a month. Security researcher Indrajeet Bhuyan notes:

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