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European Organizations with Supercomputers Targeted by Cryptojackers

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:35
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Alex Dovbnya
Cybercriminals take cryptojacking to a whole new level by infecting supercomputers to mine Monero (XMR)
European Organizations with Supercomputers Targeted by Cryptojackers
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A slew of European organizations with supercomputers have been targeted by cryptojackers, ZDNet reports

According to cybersecurity researcher Chris Doman, ‘similar malware codes’ indicate that all these attacks have been carried out by the same hacker or a group of hackers.

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Supercomputers go offline 

The bad actors behind the attack got the ball rolling with British Supercomputer ARCHER from the University of Edinburgh, which suffered security breach on May 11.

As a result, one of the most powerful computers in the U.K was shut down since all of its passwords and SSH keys had to be rewritten.

Several days later, it became clear that the ongoing cyberattack had grown into a major issue within the academic community.

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The darling of cryptojackers

The report also states that one infected supercomputer node was utilized to mine Monero (XMR), a privacy coin that remains the darling of cybercriminals

Cryptojacking is the term that refers to the practice of stealthily mining cryptocurrency by using the resources of compromised computers.

As reported by U.Today, cryptojackers recently started deploying new obfuscating techniques to secretly churn out ill-gotten coins.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at