Attacker Installs Crypto Mining Malware on Over 170,000 Devices

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More than 170,000 devices in Brazil were targeted in a cryptojacking attack last month. According to a blog post published by security firm Trustwave, a wide-scale cyberattack was launched on MicroTik routers late last month. The effort led to the installation of the Coinhive mining software in a “mass” infection of more than 17,000 devices. Trustwave security researcher Simon Kenin wrote that all of the devices used “the same sitekey,” indicating that one entity reaped the mined tokens from all of the devices. He wrote: “This attack may currently be prevalent in Brazil, but during the final stages of writing this blog, I also noticed other geo-locations being affected as well, so I believe this attack is intended to be on a global scale.” According to a previous post by Trustwave, also co-authored by Kenin, Coinhive gained traction in 2017 as a service that claimed to provide monetizing solutions for websites without using any