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Hackers Using Russian Government Servers For Crypto-Mining

Hackers are frequently attacking Russia’s government IT infrastructure to mine cryptocurrencies, a state-affiliated cybersecurity expert announced in a speech at the Infoforum conference in Moscow.

The deputy director of the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents also stated that such kind of malicious players has become more active in recent times.

Hackers Injecting Unknown Malware Into Russian Government Servers

As claimed by TASS, Nikolai Murashov pointed out that hackers have inserted stealthy malware into the infrastructure of Russian government servers including medical institutions, defense contractors, and even research institutes. The hackers utilize the IT resources to illegally mine cryptocurrencies. 

He adds:

For the first time, there have been cases of the introduction of malicious software that encrypts user data into the information infrastructure of medical institutions.

Murashoy did not present more particulars about the attacks. He also didn’t explain if some of these attacks are linked to ransomware incidents.

The law enforcement-affiliated authority did raise some of the key matters on the global cybersecurity landscape, stating it currently continues to be tense. 

As claimed by him, the reason for this is that hackers have been actively targeting government bodies across the board to steal information.

Cryptocurrency Mining Remains the Least Popular Among Hackers to Raise Funds

The National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents was created by the Federal Security Service (FSB) in 2018. Some of their obligations include detecting, warning, and mitigating cyberattacks in Russia.

Meantime, researchers at the Group-IB cybersecurity firm have stated that cryptocurrency mining is one of the least popular ways for hackers to raise funds, both globally and at least in Russia in particular.

As claimed by the Group-IB’s Hi-Tech Crime Trends 2020–2021 report, published last November, the main cybersecurity threat for companies is encrypting malware where hackers actively rely on encrypting malware and then threats to leak the encrypted info in return for a ransom payment.

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