After Malicious Malware, Now URL Shorteners Might Enable Illicit Crypto Mining
It is hardly a secret that crypto jacking or illicit cryptocurrency mining is a part of our lives. Cybersecurity companies have time and again submitted reports, tweeted, and warned people of the dangers associated with installing unfamiliar programs on their computers.
URL shortener – the new malicious trick on the block
Recently, Japanese police arrested almost 16 people for using Coinhive scripts in a malicious program that allegedly mined cryptocurrency Monero from unsuspecting users’ computers. It was the first case in which the police in Japan contemplated booking the accused and slapping criminal charges on them.
Recently, a report from Malwarebytes, anti-malware software developer, suggested that URL shorteners are also capable of mining cryptocurrencies. A URL shortener is a website that allows people to shorten their default URLs. For instance, Google has its own shortener called goo.gl. One can enter their default URL and the shortener can make it more concise.
Malwarebytes Labs said that they kept a close watch on known redirects to websites of interest and they found that most of them were closely related to Coinhive domains.
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