A county government website for Khabarovsk, Russia, was recently hacked as part of a bid to mine cryptocurrency by highjacking the computer power of those visiting it.
County administration IT officer Vyacheslav Kovalenko reported that since the end of May, users who opened any page of the website were redirected to another malicious website that secretly launched mining software on their computers.
The website posts information about the county administration's work and official events and has a visitorship of about 600 visitors per day.
The incident represents one of the more notable – and local – occurrences of what has become known as "cryptojacking," the act of clandestine mining that has been in the news numerous times in recent months.
In February, several employees at the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics (the main nuclear research body in Russia) were arrested at their workplace for mining on the institute's supercomputer. Similarly, last September, two IT managers with the Crimea government were fired for installing mining hardware in the government building.
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