Internet Cafes Hacked to Mine $800,000 in Siacoin Cryptocurrency

A group of hackers has allegedly colluded with computer maintenance firms in China to hack into computers owned by internet cafes to mine cryptocurrency.

According to a local news report on Saturday, police in Rui’An city in Zhejiang province arrested 16 suspects who, it’s claimed, have gained 5 million yuan ($800,000) by hacking more than 100,000 computers in internet cafes across 30 Chinese cities since July of last year.

The report said the hackers first developed a piece of malware that can specifically mine the siacoin cryptocurrency on an affected device.

They then marketed it to computer maintenance firms who allegedly helped to inject the malware to computers at internet cafes whilst carrying out routine checkups.

The profits made by mining and selling the siacoins would then be split among the hackers and their alleged accomplices, the report said.

The issue emerged in July 2017 when internet cafes in Rui’An started to notice their computers had become extremely slow, since the CPU usage rate was often at 70 percent even after a restart…

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