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Old 11-02-18, 23:14
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This report is from BBC News Technology:

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash - BBC News
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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors' computers to mine cryptocurrency.

Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected.

He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer at risk.

The ICO said: "We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it."

Mr Helme said he was alerted by a friend who had received a malware warning when he visited the ICO website.
Bleeping Computer has a report about this issue too:

U.S. & UK Govt Sites Injected With Miners After Popular Script Was Hacked
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Thousands of sites were injected with a in-browser Monero miner today after a popular accessibility script was compromised. With 4,275 sites affected, this included government websites such as uscourts.gov, ico.org.uk, & manchester.gov.uk.
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Old 12-02-18, 01:44
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Default Re: Digital cash hack hits government websites

There are also articles by Graham Cluley and Sophos' Naked Security:

Government websites hijacked by cryptomining plugin
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OVER 4000 WEBSITES THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN HIT.

More than 4000 websites, including many belonging to governments around the world, were hijacked this weekend by hackers who managed to plant CoinHive code designed to exploit the computer power of visiting PCs and mine for cryptocurrency.

High profile websites impacted by the hack included the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, NHS websites, and even the homepage of the United States Courts - uscourts.gov.
Cryptomining script poisons government websites – What to do – Naked Security
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Reports surfaced over the the weekend claiming that a whole raft of government websites were “infected with malware”.

The full story seems to be more nuanced than that, which is just as well, because the list of infected sites stretches across the Anglophone world, with web pages affected in at least the US, the UK, and Australia.

The malware involved – you’d probably have guessed what it was going to be even if we hadn’t mentioned it in the headline – was a cryptomining script.
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