Hackers In India Aim To Hack Government Sites To Earn Huge Profits

Sep 18, 2018 at 14:16 Update Date :Feb 27, 2019 at 07:46 UTC

Despite the fact that India is against digital currency, the nation’s government sites are helping inadvertently helping hackers in huge profits off of their sites.

Government sites like Tirupati Municipal Corporation, citizen portals of Andhra Pradesh and Macherla Municipality are among the many Indian websites being aimed to mine digital currencies.

A cryptojacking malware is an unauthorized use of someone else’s PC for mining digital currency. Hackers are attracting users to tap on a malicious link in their email list that loads crypto mining or they infect a site with a JavaScript code that mines digital currencies by using a guest’s computing power without their assent.

The security analyst Indrajeet Bhuyan stated, “Hackers target government websites for mining cryptocurrency because those websites get high traffic, and most people trust them. Earlier, we saw a lot of government websites getting hacked. Now, injecting cryptojackers is more fashionable as the hackers can make money.”

The susceptibilities on the AP government sites were the first to be recognized by a group of Guwahati-based security researchers including Anish Sarma, Shakil Ahmed and Bhuyan. The three sites are subdomains of ap.gov.in that is one of the most prominent sites with more than 1.6 lakh visits per month all inclusive.

Aside from the government sites, the cryptojacking malware that mines cryptocurrencies have also been influencing and spreading the enterprise systems. Buyan with his team ran a software script on the homepages of more than 4,000 sites from the goidirectory.nic.in for finding cryptojacking codes. Several of them had just been taken down without him connecting with them.

Cryptojacking malware developed globally from impacting 13% of all associations in Q4 of 2017 to 28% of associations in Q1 of 2018, more than twice its impression according to report by Fortinet. An earlier pursuit in Shodan.io, the search engine for the internet-connected devices, expressed that India ranked second after Brazil with more than 13,500 home routers getting affected by cryptojacking software.

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