Chinese police arrested 15 citizens for illegal miningMining
– is a type of activity for creating new blocks in the Blockchain to ensure proper system operation. Details on computers of 9000 Internet cafes. The scheme was organized by the owner of the IT company, and it brought him $14 million.
9000 Chinese Internet cafes suffered from illegal mining
According to the Chinese CCTV news publication, Henan Provincial Police in China arrested 15 people on suspicion of illegal mining. Law enforcers say that mostly among them are administrators of Internet cafes who infected computers with a Trojan. The virus allowed an attacker to mine cryptocurrency on infected PCs.
According to authorities, the scheme was invented by businessman Zhang. His company developed the virus, and the businessman himself created a network of 2000 system administrators of Internet cafes. Zhang paid them to install the virus on computers. In total, from June 2017 to July 2019, the "salary" of administrators amounted to about $2.7 million.
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- Authorities claim that during this period, Zhang earned $14 million in illegal mining
- Illegal hidden mining is a real "plague" of the 21st century. For example, in mid-August, the French police managed to neutralize the virus-miner, which infected 850,000 devices around the world. And the Amazon programmer hacked 30 institutions to illegally mine cryptocurrencies
- McAfee claims that the detection of miner viruses in Q1 2019 increased by 29% compared to the last 3 months of 2018
Editor: Alyona Nabok