International Effort Counters Crypto-Jackers In Asia

Interpol has led an operation against a major crypto-jacking operation in southeast Asia, taking action to repair thousands of infected routers that had been used to illegally mine virtual currencies.

The international law enforcement body found that more 20,000 routers across Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam had been taken over by criminals.

By infecting the routers, which came from Latvian hardware provider MikroTik and contained a specific vulnerability which left them open to exploitation, the attackers were able to hijack computing power to remotely mine cryptocurrency.

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