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Supercomuters in Europe Hacked to Mine Crypto

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This week several supercomputers across Europe were attacked by hackers who broke in with the intention of mining crypto. The computers had to be shut down for investigation.

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This week several supercomputers across Europe were attacked by hackers who broke in to to mine cryptocurrencies. The computers had to be shut down for investigation, according to the ZDNet news report.

The hacking was carried out in the UK, Germany and Switzerland, as well as Spain.

Colleges were the main victim

The first incident was reported by Edinburgh University on Monday. Then the incident took place at a German university in Baden-Württemberg.

Further attacks took place at the end of the week in institutions in other parts of Germany, Spain and Switzerland. 

SSH Logins Stolen - Goal? Cryptocurrencies Mining

Samples of malicious software were tested by an American-based cyber security company. Computer Security Incident Response Team, or CSIRT, is a company that researches supercomputers all over Europe.

CSIRT believes that in order to hack into supercomputers, hackers have stolen SSH data from universities users in countries such as Canada, Poland and China. SSH is a cryptographic protocol that allows you to use network services safely on unsecured networks.

Chris Doman, co-founder of Cado Security, explains how hackers worked:

"Once attackers gained access to a supercomputing node, they appear to have used an exploit for the CVE-2019-15666 vulnerability to gain root access and then deployed an application that mined the Monero (XMR) cryptocurrency."

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