Hackers used Amazon cloud servers to mine bitcoin
At least two companies’ cloud platforms Amazon Web Services (AWS) have been hacked to use their computing power to mine bitcoin, according to cybercrime investigative company RedLock. Hackers were able to gain access to Amazon cloud servers, finding that admin consoles were not password protected.
“After conducting a deeper analysis, the team found that the hackers were running a command to mine Bitcoin using one of the Kubernetes containers,” writes RedLock. Kubernetes is an open source technology developed by Google that simplifies the process of writing applications for cloud services.
“In essence, a parasitic bot was used that carried out criminal activity on the Internet,” the company writes..
Aviva and Gemalto, both of which are multibillion-dollar multinational corporations, have been affected by the hackers. RedLock informed them of their observations.
Often hackers break into corporate servers in order to steal information, for the non-dissemination of which they subsequently charge a fee. However, recently the nature of these hacks has changed – more and more often, servers are hacked in order to exploit expensive computing power for mining cryptocurrencies..
Amazon, Aviva and Gemalto did not comment on the situation.
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