Hundreds of Drupal sites infected with Coinhive miner
Hackers succeeded in infecting hundreds of sites using an outdated version of the Drupal content management system with malware for mining cryptocurrencies Monero.
As CoinDesk notes, the problem of hidden mining has become especially acute in the last months. If in the past, attackers preferred ransomware, which they are encrypted data their victims and demanded to transfer on their address specified amount in bitcoins, now sites are becoming more and more infected, which after the attack, they begin to use the computing resources of their visitors’ computers for mining cryptocurrencies.
Mursh believes that hidden mining, despite then, that it is less obvious to attack victims than encrypting files for ransom, “continues to be a problem, especially for site operators.”.
In number victims attacks entered San Francisco Zoo, National Office by labor relations USA, University of Aleppo, Ringling College pictorial arts and design and the government of the Mexican city of Chihuahua.
However, not everything use Coinhive to carry out criminal plans. For example, UNICEF recently opened “Page of Hope”, visitors of which are invited to mine cryptocurrency in favor of socially vulnerable children.