Hackers Hijack Giant Advertising Screen and Repurpose it for Bitcoin Mining
Even with the ongoing crypto bloodbath, cryptocurrency mining remains a lucrative venture and hackers, as well as businesses, are not relenting at all in their efforts toward becoming kings of digital currency. Individuals can mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on virtually anything that is connected to the internet. The lastest event in the world of mining; a large advertising screen was repurposed into a bitcoin mining system somewhere in London.
Ads Screen Repurposed for Crypto
“It’s not uncommon to see broken-down Windows displays – I run https://windowsisbroken.tumblr.com/ – which is dedicated to pointing and laughing at such mistakes. But this is the first time I’ve seen a display repurposed for profit!”
NiceHash Miner Legacy, which is specially made for older computers, was installed on the advertising system.
The wallet address which the mined bitcoin is sent to starts with ‘3jgi6.’ Although the hash rate at the time of filing the report was zero, which means the mining malware had not started yielding bitcoin.
It is hard to find out if the attack was indeed carried out by external hackers or if a mischievous employee just decided to convert the company’s computer into a bitcoin miner for quick bucks; or if the advertising firm itself has gone crypto crazy and decided to integrate blockchain-based crypto mining into its business.
The Crypto Fever Continues
Just like the Long Island iced tea company that added Blockchain to its name in anticipation of delving into the world of distributed ledger technology, which is the solid foundation behind bitcoin, individuals and businesses are increasingly becoming aware of cryptocurrencies and the potential for more revenue.
The crypto fever is real, and it is a respecter of nobody. The frenzy around digital currencies explains why some Russian nuclear scientists got a bit bored with their job of overseeing dangerous weapons and found mining bitcoin with supercomputers a more exciting adventure.
With the value of cryptocurrencies steadily on the increase, crackers are always busy formulating new techniques of mining cryptocurrency. On February 9, BTCManager reported on how hackers embedded crypto mining malware onto Android devices and smart television sets connected to the internet.