According to a recent report published by the security company ‘Banbreach’ has revealed that it has found within the past few month, the no. of routers compromised by cryptojacking software in India has doubled to mine Monero [XMR]. The report indicates that hackers have cracked over more than thirty thousand routers inside the country.
In line with a recent news by “The Next Web“, the Banbreach managed to trace web traffic and detect all devices on the web with public IP addresses, that made it possible to look at traffic passing through routers.
According to the analysis, Banbreach classified inhabited areas of India into 3 classes from most to least dense. in step with the report, 45 % of the infected routers in India are within the least densely inhabited areas.
“For the major three cities with the foremost infected routers, the expansion has been around to 500%,” Banbreach added.
While CoinHive isn’t an inherently malicious code — charities have employed it and analogues passionate about it — it’s becoming famous among hackers for illicitly mining cryptocurrency on internet surfers’ computers, or cryptojacking. Its code uses a section or all of the computing power of a browser to mine altcoin Monero [XMR].
Related analysis reportedly suggests that the overall output of all machines “infected” with CoinHive generate over $250,000 USD in XMR monthly.
A security enthusiast from India [Mumbai] namely ‘Vipin Nathaw’, tweeted that he “found a similar issue within his router provided by his net service provider [ISP] a few days past. However, probably all the routers utilized by them are infected and obsolete.”
Earlier this previous month, it was reported that Indian official government websites became a primary target for cryptojacking, wherever over 119 Indian websites run CoinHive code. In line with this report, over 13,500 home routers in India were infected by cryptojacking malware — a figure that was solely outflanked globally by Brazil.
Even a study conducted earlier in June found that Monero [XMR] has an “incredible monopoly” on the cryptocurrencies targeted by malware. $175 Mln of Monero [XMR] — around five percent of all Monero [XMR] in circulation at the time of the report — had been well-mined maliciously.