Russian Local Government Website Hacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

Russian officials reported that a local government’s website was hacked in late May by an individual looking to hijack the computer power of the site’s visitors, CryptoBlockWire reported.

According to local media, the hackers managed to operate on the government website unnoticed for 10 days. The hack was noticed after users started complaining about the website. Authorities said they’ve successfully put an end to the illegal activity last week.

According to investigators, unsuspecting visitors of the government website were redirected to a malicious website that secretly launched a mining software on the user’s computer. Officials in Russia have already asked its citizens accessing any website or online platforms to exercise caution and install applications that block pop-up windows to avoid falling victims to such risks.

It is believed that about 600 people visit the Khabarovsk government website every day. Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, a cryptocurrency miner in Tobolsk, Russia, got in trouble with the law after he tried to import mining equipment he purchased online for personal use.

The customs official confiscated the items when the miner refused to produce additional permits from Federal Security Service (FSB). This was in violation of a ruling passed by the Tobolsk city court that banned the importation of cryptocurrency mining equipment. The miner, a resident of Tobolsk, had to comply with the new regulations.