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The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge  shows no signs of abating

The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge shows no signs of abating

Technology
Aw, damn. (credit: cibomahto) The scourge of drive-by currency mining—in which websites and apps covertly run resource-draining code on other people's devices—shows no sign of abating. Over the weekend, researchers added two more incidents: one involves more than 4,200 sites (some operated by government agencies), while the other targets millions of Android devices. The first incident affected sites that offer a free text-to-speech translation service called Browsealoud. On Sunday, someone changed the JavaScript code hosted here to include currency-mining code from Coinhive, a controversial site that uses the devices of site visitors, usually without their permission, to generate digital coin known as Monero. In the process, any site that included a link to the Browsealoud JavaScript su
In just 24 hours, 5,000 Android devices are conscripted into mining botnet

In just 24 hours, 5,000 Android devices are conscripted into mining botnet

Technology
Enlarge (credit: Google) A fast-moving botnet that appeared over the weekend has already infected thousands of Android devices with potentially destructive malware that mines digital coins on behalf of the unknown attackers, researchers said. The previously unseen malware driving the botnet has worm-like capabilities that allow it to spread with little or no user interaction required, researchers with Chinese security firm Netlab wrote in a blog post published Sunday. Once infected, Android phones and TV boxes scan networks for other devices that have Internet port 5555 open. Port 5555 is normally closed, but a developer tool known as the Android Debug Bridge opens the port to perform a series of diagnostic tests. Netlab's laboratory was scanned by infected devices from 2,750 unique IPs...