A Man Mining Crypto On His Own Websites Is Arrested
Ukrainian cyber police detained a man who was covertly mining cryptocurrency on a number of web resources. He faces up to six years in prison, according to the agency's website.
The arrested 32-year-old hacker created and administered multiple websites with free literature and scientific papers. Every month, 1.5 million people were using these resources. Cryptojacking scripts were built into the codes of these pages, which allowed the fraudster to mine digital currencies with the help of visitors' computers.
After the search in the apartment of the Ukrainian miner, law enforcers seized and sent for expertise computer equipment, bank cards, and various data storage devices. The report does not specify what cryptocurrency the scripts were designed for, and how much money the hacker managed to earn this way.
According to the Ukrainian legislation, the man faces up to 6 years in prison for unauthorized interference in computers and networks.
Recently, a malware disguised as an Ethereum-based wallet MetaMask was detected on Google Play. With its help, scammers could steal data for access to crypto wallets, copying real users' addresses and replacing them with false ones.
As ESET experts predicted, hidden mining can become even more popular in 2019. According to data from several antivirus companies and labs, last year broke a record by the number of cryptojacking cases. Smartphones and home voice assistants turned out to be the most vulnerable devices.
Previously, a former IBM top manager stated that public blockchains do not comply with the EU rules on data protection.