Unknown hackers were using country government site for Khabarovsk for clandestine cryptocurrency mining. A malicious link redirected all users to a malicious website that secretly used the processing power of their devices to mine cryptocurrency.
According to country administration IT officer Vyacheslav Kovalenko, the malware had been active since the end of last Month before being removed on June 7. In addition to securing the vulnerability in their website, officials published a report recommending that users block pop-up windows in order to avoid similar risks in the future.
The local government’s website with an average daily audience of 600 users contains information about the country administration’s work and the announcements about the official events.
According to statistics, cryptojacking has become one of the most widespread schemes for cybercrime since the end of the last year. Russia is not an exception to this global trend. For instance, early in February, the Federal Security Service (FSB) agents detained two engineers who were using supercomputer for mining bitcoins from their workplace at the closed nuclear center in Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod Region.