Thousands of government websites have been hijacked by hackers to mine cryptocurrency, in a process known as “cryptojacking”, it has emerged.
The sites, including the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Scottish NHS helpline and the Student Loans company – along with hundreds of other central and local government sites – appear to have been running a power-pinching program that uses visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
No, the websites aren’t hijacked. They’re infected. They’re not using the servers to mine, they’re using visitors’ computers.
Sigh. You’d think the young shavers would get this part of the world right, wouldn’t you?