Cybercriminals use almost 5000 websites to mine crypto-coins

Multiple websites owned by governments, health and education organizations from all over the world were infected with a crypto coin miner this weekend. The miner was installed by modifying a script running on all of them. The responsible script is Browsealoud developed by Texthelp to add speech, reading, and translation to websites. Texthelp was cyber-attacked, during this attack a JavaScript file containing part of the Browsealoud script was stolen.

This script was later modified by the hackers to inject Coinhive crypto jacking to every visitors form every site that uses Browsealoud script.
Cybercriminals managed to infect many government websites in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia with the crypto-mining software, affecting a total of 4275 sites including UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, the NHS, the General Medical Council, U.S. Courts, academic websites, and many others.

The attack was so easy to be made thanks to the Browsealoud script that offers secure implementations features, which can be implemented by copy and paste of the ba.js (the same file that hackers got it).

As soon as the infection was discovered Browsealoud was shut down and it will remain like this for a couple of days until is cleaned up and secured.
This attack affected many users by stealing their CPU power and electricity to produce crypto coins. It might seem like an inoffensive cyber attack, but it is not because it leads to a shorter battery life of the affected devices and also to extra costs on the electricity bill.

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