In case you haven’t noticed, there is already a cryptojacking pandemic. The largest infection this year took place in Brazil where the culprits compromised quite a lot of routers. Unsurprisingly, crypto mining software is multiplying, thus plaguing India as well.
The cryptojackers have declared war on the internet in general and their latest attack targeted 30,000 MikroTik routers in India. Combined with the 280,000 infected units in South America, we can safely say that cryptojacking is big bizniz now.
#Cryptojacking in #India: Nearly 30,000 #MikroTik routers in India are infected with #Coinhive. Here's what it looks like today via two different search engines. (h/t @bad_packets for finding this originally) pic.twitter.com/ue9klBY0kS
— Banbreach (@Banbreach) October 5, 2018
The internet punks have secretly inserted Coinhive in literally tens of thousands of routers and it looks like the Indian internet providers are a) unaware or b) they just don’t care. This forces corrupted MikroTik routers to mine Monero on every page opened.
I found the same thing in the router provided by my ISP a couple of days ago. Probably all the routers used by them are infected and outdated.
— Vipin Bathaw (@vipin_bathaw) October 5, 2018
Now, Coinhive could be put in action for noble purposes as well. For example, UNICEF used it to raise funds for charity. If you want to dig deeper into cryptojacking click here.
Coinhive wouldn’t have been such a pain if the baddies did not make hundreds of versions out of it. They do that in order to circumvent security layers and trick networks into running it. In fact, McAfee Labs reports that just in the last three months they have launched 2.5 million versions of cryptojacking software. Notable, most of them are Coinhive-based.
Banbreach has found that at least 45% of the infected routers are located in rural areas. While such massive attacks are barely something unusual anymore it is still striking that internet providers seem to just neglect the threat. Not that cryptojacking can really harm you since it neither steals money nor data but it can really ruin your browsing experience and even your device.
If your PC or smartphone suddenly gets super slow, the chances are you have been cryptojacked. The easiest thing to do is to close your browser and open other websites. If nothing changes, you’d better contact your internet operator.