In Russia, hackers are increasingly using the computing resources of state institutions and large companies for hidden mining of cryptocurrencies. This was stated by the deputy director of the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents (NKTsKI) Nikolai Murashov.
“Identified cases of cryptocurrency mining were carried out through infected information resources of state organizations. In this case, the attackers infect the web pages, and mining is carried out at the moment they are viewed in the browser,” he noted.
According to Nikolai, “In Russia, there have been two cases recently when people were brought to criminal responsibility for getting access to computers [of state organizations] and using them to mine cryptocurrencies.”
Murashov noted the vulnerability of Russian computers to mining attacks:
“The cost of most virtual coins is very high, so there are a lot of people who want to easily earn money. Attackers break into computers of ordinary users and use their computing resources for their own purposes.”
The deputy head of the NKTsKI also said that this year about 12 thousand “foreign information resources that were used by cybercriminals to damage our country” were blocked by the Russian Federation and more than six thousand upon request of foreign partners.
In October, an employee of the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics accused of mining cryptocurrency at the workplace was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison and fined about 200 thousand rubles. The second accused received a suspended sentence of 4 years and a fine of 250 thousand rubles.