Reports indicate that academic super-computers in Europe are being targeted by would-be attackers hoping to install crypto mining software.
Information published by the EGI Computer Security and Incident Response Team states that "[a] malicious group is currently targeting academic data centers for CPU mining purposes. The attacker is hopping from one victim to another using compromised SSH credentials." The attackers appear to be attempting to mine Monero, or XMR.
In the University of Edinburgh’s statement, the team behind ARCHER noted: "We now believe this to be a major issue across the academic community as several computers have been compromised in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. We have been working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Cray/HPE in order to better understand the position and plan effective remedies."
In late April, a Slovakian security firm said that it had targeted and neutralized a significant monero-mining botnet focused on Latin America infections. A study published in early 2018 contended that more than 4 percent of all XMR in circulation is the product of malicious mining activities.
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