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CoinHive cryptocurrency mining script injected into 1000s of government websites via BrowseAloud plugin

Over the weekend reports were made of a cryptocurrency mining script injected into government owned and run websites across the US, UK and Australia.

Forcepoint 2018 Security Predictions

As we round out what has been one of the most impactful years in cyber security we are pleased to announce the Forcepoint Security Labs’ cyber security predictions report for the forthcoming year.

Trickbot Goes After Cryptocurrency

Forcepoint Security Labs have encountered an ongoing Trickbot campaign that appears to target crypto-currencies. Trickbot is a banking Trojan that is traditionally known to target financial institutions. Recently, we have observed Trickbot targeting Paypal and expanding its list of target institutions to include those from Nordic countries.

Today’s campaign uses Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) as a social engineering lure and targets Coinbase, a digital assets exchange site.

The 21st Century 49ers: Small-time Cryptocurrency Mining

Forcepoint™ Security Labs frequently identify new, unusual, or otherwise interesting pieces of malware. Sometimes these turn out to be elements of large, APT-driven campaigns (e.g. our report into the MONSOON campaign from August 2016: https://blogs.forcepoint.com/security-labs/monsoon-analysis-apt-campaign); other times these can be more 'niche', as is the case with this miniature Monero mining botnet.

Bitcoin & Other Cryptocurrencies

For many, ‘virtual’ currencies such as Bitcoin remain a mystery primarily associated with online criminals, despite no longer being far removed from the monetary system and transactions we’re used to.

This article is intended to serve as a primer, rather than one of our more usual technical analyses: cryptocurrencies continue to play a key role in many areas of cyber-crime being used for everything from online marketplace transactions to ransomware demands. However, with a number of legitimate organisations ranging from the Bank of England to EY also taking an interest cryptocurrencies and the technologies behind them, it’s worth being informed.