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Hackers use supercomputers to mine cryptocurrency

May 18, 2020

Hackers attacked several supercomputers across Europe this week to mine the cryptocurrency. According to a May 16 report by ZDNet News, some supercomputer clusters had to be shut down to investigate tampering.

These Incidents of security have been reported in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. Another possible attack occurred in a high-performance data center in Spain, according to the message.

University campuses are the main victims

Most of the attacks appear to target universities. The University of Edinburgh, which operates the ARCHER supercomputer, reported the first incident on Monday.

Hackers use supercomputers to mine cryptocurrency
Hackers use supercomputers to mine cryptocurrency

Then the high-performance computer clusters of the most important universities in Baden-Württemberg in GermanyThey also announced that they were attacked on Monday with similar security incidents and had to be shut down.

Institutional attacks continued in other parts of Germany, Spain and Switzerland during the week. Clusters at the Leibniz Computing Center (LRZ), an institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Julich Research Center in Julich, the Faculty of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and the Among the Victims was also the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing (CSCS) in Zurich.

SSH protocol logins are at risk and the goal is to dismantle the cryptocurrency

Malware samples published by the Computer Security Incident Response Team were verified by a US-based cyber security companythe message says. The Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) is a Europe-wide organization that coordinates research on supercomputers across Europe.

That said the cyber security company Attackers have reportedly stolen SSH credentials from university members in Canada, China and Poland to gain access to supercomputer clusters. Secure Shell or SSH is a cryptographic network protocol for the secure operation of network services over an unsecured network.

Chris Doman, co-founder of Cado Security, said the following:

“It appears that once the attackers gained access to a supercomputing node, they exploited vulnerability CVE-2019-15666 to gain root access, and then deployed an application that the Monero- Mined cryptocurrency (XMR). “

As Cointelegraph previously reported, universities were ranked the second largest miners for digital currencies in the industry.

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