Crypto-mining threat for business
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.