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Cryptocurrency hackers are using YouTube to target computers for bitcoin

Jan 29, 2018, 10:00 am

The users of YouTube have reportedly been targeted by hackers. The hackers are mining cryptocurrencies like bitcoin by attacking the computers via the advertising service of the video platform, states the report. It was noticed last week when the YouTube users reported their anti-virus software getting triggered every time they watched the YouTube advertisements. YouTube is owned by Google.

Later mining code, known as CoinHive, were found in those advertisements. These caused the malware attack, by secretly getting 80% of visitors’ computer’s CPU busy while mining cryptocurrencies for anonymous hackers.

The cryptocurrencies can be traded for money. New coins of online money are digitally mined. The mining procedure of the currencies consumes a lot of computer power. The hackers are stealing power from hacked computers and miming the money for themselves.

Google has assured the users and has promised to monitor their advertising service very closely. They are concerned about this malware, used by the hackers trying to mine digital currencies.

We enforce our policies through a multi-layered detection system across our platforms which we update as new threats emerge. In this case, the ads were blocked in less than two hours and the malicious actors were quickly removed from our platforms. – Google

The cyber attacks are analyzed by Trend Micro, the renowned antivirus provider. From the results, the countries with the highest percentage of risk of being attacked, are shortlisted. They have published the list that includes names like Japan, France, Taiwan, Italy, and Spain as the most affected countries, in a blog on their website.

We have already disclosed our findings to Google. We detected an almost 285 per cent increase in the number of Coin Hive miners on January 24. We started seeing an increase in traffic to five malicious domains on January 18. After closely examining the network traffic, we discovered that the traffic came from DoubleClick advertisements. – Trend Micro

The popularity of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum have increased enormously in the last year. The number of people trying to mine the currency had increased accordingly, which in turn has risen the amount of cyber hacking involved in it.

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