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Crypto-mining threat for business

Priority Level: 
Moderate
12 February 2018

What's happened?

Thousands of websites across the globe have fallen victim to crypto-mining malware, after using a popular web tool designed to help people with vision impairment, dyslexia and low literacy.

In crypto-mining, the power and memory of your computer is used to generate cryptocurrency. If criminals gain access to your computer they can generate crypto-currency without your knowledge.

Security researcher Scott Helme claims 4,275 websites have been hijacked worldwide, including in Australia.

It is understood criminals secretly added a malicious program onto the website plug-in 'Browsealoud' which allowed them to mine cryptocurrency when the browser window was loaded.

Does it affect my business?

Businesses that rely on the digital accessibility tool 'Browsealoud' to deliver a text-to-speech web application are potentially affected.

Texthelp, the company that delivers 'Browsealoud' says it has taken the program offline while the company alerts its customers.

What do I need to do?

Install any security updates as they become available.

Make sure your organisation’s computers and applications are up to date.

What is crypto-mining?

Crypto-mining is when your computer is used to generate cryptocurrency, such as BitCoin and Monero.

Crypto-mining is a financially motivated activity. In this case, criminals are using malware to access computers and networks, to create currency or sell processing power to other people.

More information

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