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Coinhive Has Infected More Than 30,000 Routers In India - Monero (XMR) Mining. Saturday, October 6th

06 october 2018, 20:40 by Jesús S. Affigne

Coinhive has infected more than 30,000 routers in India

The Monero-mining software is expanding aggressively

Cryptojacking activity in India has intensified in the past month, as more than 30,000 routers has been compromised due to a modified version of the Monero-mining software Coinhive. The report was given by cybersecurity company Banbreach, on October 5.

Banbreach conducted a research in which they tracked Internet traffic to detect electronic devices via their public IP addresses, thus monitoring said traffic passing through the routers. After examining the data, they proceeded to group populated areas of the country, and distribute them in three groups, discriminated by the population density. The results indicated that a 45% of the routers infected are located in the regions with less density, followed by the area with more people living on it.

The report also determined that the hackers have taken over around 30,000 routers across the Asian country. The devices infected all were developed by Latvian company MikroTik, and the information was confirmed by using two different search engines that returned similar results.

About Coinhive

Coinhive is a crypto-mining service designed to “borrow” some – or all – the computing power of any device that happens to visit a website with the software installed on it. The main idea behind this software is to enable owners of websites to make some profit from “volunteers” who accept lending a chunk of their processing power for mining a certain crypto asset, for as long as the visitor stays in such site. 

While the idea – and the software – are not ill-intended per se, there has been a massive proliferations of modified versions by some hackers looking to, effectively, mine Monero (a fan-favorite for these kind of people) with the computing power of a web surfer, without his consent, or even him knowing about this at all.

Previous studies on this form of cryptojacking have reported that all of the infected machines worldwide are generating around $ 250,000 in XMR each month.

In response to this, the Monero community has launched a website to help those infected by these mining malwares, bringing support and guidance in order to get rid of the malicious program.

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