Security researchers found that hackers stole the processing power of several Indian government websites to mine cryptocurrencies.
“Hackers target government websites for mining cryptocurrency because those websites get high traffic and most people trust them,” – Indrajeet Bhuyan, one of the security researchers, stated. – “Earlier, we saw a lot of government websites getting defaced. Now, injecting crypto-jackers is more fashionable as the hacker can make money.”
An effort from Indian media to speak to JA Chowdary, the IT advisor to AP’s Chief Minister, yielded a one-liner response from him.
“Thanks for notifying us about the AP website hacking,” – he said.
Despite acknowledging the cryptojacking malware, the websites continued to run the scripts as of September 16.