June 16, 2024

Russian experts announced an increase in cases of hidden mining on computers of government agencies

In Russia, attackers are increasingly using the computing resources of government agencies and large companies tohidden cryptocurrency mining. This was stated by Deputy Director of the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents (NCCSC) Nikolai Murashov, Interfax reports.

«Cases of cryptocurrency mining withusing infected information resources of government organizations. In this case, attackers infect web pages, and mining is carried out while viewing them in a browser», —he said.

According to him, two citizens of the Russian Federation have already been prosecuted for such fraudulent acts against large organizations.

Murashov noted the vulnerability of Russian computers to mining attacks:

«Cost of most virtual coinsis very high, so there are many people who want to make money easily. Attackers hack the computers of ordinary users and use their computing resources for their own purposes.

The deputy head of the NKTsKI also stated that this year there wereAbout 12 thousand “foreign information resources that were used by attackers to cause damage to our country” were blocked, and more than six thousand malicious sites — at the request of foreign partners.

«The correlation of the data I voiced is clearlyshows that the main centers for the distribution of malicious software and the management of botnets are located outside the territory of our country», —he emphasized.

Recall in October of the accused of miningcryptocurrencies at the workplace of an employee of the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics were sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison and fined about 200 thousand rubles. The second accused received a suspended sentence of 4 years and a fine of 250 thousand rubles, the third court imposed a fine of 450 thousand rubles and forbade him to work in the civil service and in local authorities for 2.5 years.