Wednesday, March 7, 2018

50,000 sites infected with cryptocurrency mining malware

The cryptocurrency mining malware infectious is getting out of hand: nearly 50,000 sites have been surreptitiously infected with crypto-jacking scripts, according to security researcher Troy Mursch from Bad Packets Report.

Relying on source-code search engine PublicWWW to scan the web for pages running crypto-jacking malware, Mursch was able to identify at least 48,953 affected websites. He adds that at least 7,368 of the compromised sites are powered by WordPress.

The researcher notes that Coinhive continues to be the most widespread crypto-jacking script out there, accounting for close to 40,000 infected websites – a stunning 81 percent of all recorded cases.
It is worth pointing out that Mursch was able to find at least 30,000 websites running Coinhive back in November last year.

50,000 sites infected with cryptocurrency mining malware
The researcher has also published a Cryptojacking campaign targeting WordPress sites document on PasteBin file




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