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Hackers infect government websites to mine Bitcoin rival

posted onFebruary 12, 2018
by l33tdawg

Hackers have managed to infect various government-run websites including that of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), aiming to use them to infect visitors' computers.

Their aim is thought to be to take control of unsuspecting users' machines and use them to mine Monero, a crypto-currency and rival to Bitcoin.

The ICO's website has been taken offline by its administrators as they attempt to fix the problem, and is still unavailable at the time of writing. Security researcher Scott Helme traced the issue to a browser plug-in called Browsealoud, a service which aims to help those with impaired vision use the web.

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