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Aditya Birla Group suffered cryptojacking attack last month: report

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Aditya Birla Group suffered from a cryptojacking attack last month, in one of the first such instance reported in the country, according to the Economic Times. The paper reports that more than 2,000 computers of various companies under the group were targeted by hackers. These systems were used for cryptojaking or that their processing power was to mine crypto currency. In such attacks, the intention is not of stealing data or money, but to mine crypto, which requires a lot of energy. An Aditya Birla group spokesperson told ET that its system recently detected suspicious activity and , an internal team deployed countermeasures to isolate and eliminate the cause of this activity. The spokesperson also confirmed that no data was lost and a detailed forensic investigation is underway. When a terminal is cryptojacked, the malware makes it work on behalf of the hackers, and its processing power is exploited (without owners’ knowledge). This causes slowing down of the machine. In this attack, the cryptocurrency mined was Monero, an open-source cryptocurrency that focuses on privacy and is virtually untraceable. Crypto-mining In February, a research by British security software company Sophos found 19 applications available on Google Play involved in cryptomining without the user’s consent. It discovered hidden Coinhive JavaScript mining code inside HTML files in the apps. CoinHive is a JavaScript-based miner which allows a user to mine cryptocurrency Monero using a web browser – in this case the application’s inbuilt browser. In many of these apps, the page loaded whenever…

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