Hackers managed to hack almost 700 thousand sites for cryptocurrencies. Whom to fear?

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Hackers managed to hack almost 700 thousand sites for cryptocurrencies. Whom to fear?

One of the biggest platforms for traffic analysis have recently undergone to hacker attack. As a result, the hackers managed to get access to more than 600 thousands of web sites. Then, the criminals have built custom malware in the page code to open the way for Bitcoin wallets, exchanges Gate.io.

How to avoid becoming a victim of hackers

A security Specialist from ESET, Matthew FAW recently noticed a suspicious code in one of the scripts distributed analytical platform for StatCounter.

StatCounter similar to Google Analytics to track the performance of websites to evaluate their popularity, traffic and conversion. To collect statistics resource owners should add to the code of their pages a few lines from StatCounter. Unfortunately, this requirement is a serious vulnerability. She took advantage of hackers, infecting approximately 688 thousand websites around the world.

To Survive a normal user should not code hackers does not carry anything malicious for them. Itself hacker attack aimed exclusively at the exchange Gate.io. It turns out that criminals are looking for specific page requests with URL «myaccount/withdraw/» — this address can only be found in the section account management user Gate.io. As soon as they find «victim», the script changes the wallet address output to the address of the swindlers.

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Matthew FAW stated that he first noticed something was wrong on November 3. Malicious code on StatCounter is still in effect. Despite a decent time, the service has still not responded to the request of a specialist.

The attack was well prepared — well the attackers are covering their tracks, each time changing their wallets. Unfortunately, it is not known exactly how many bitcoins they acquire in this way. You go in , so as not to fall into the trap of scammers.

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