Cryptocurrency users are not strangers to the method of obtaining currencies online such as Bitcoin. But the level of processing power means that prospective miners not only have to consider processing power but energy consumption. The scale of processing power means that those seeking to mine bitcoin require highly powered computers.
But, for example, bitcoin mining rigs in Iceland use more power than all of its houses combined. The method miners use to extract cryptos involve traversing servers and computers controversially. This required movement means that miners have technically broken the law either knowingly or not. Recently, Russian scientists were arrested for using a nuclear supercomputer to mine cryptos.
But recently, according to the BBC, Crypto Mining has encroached on Governmental websites in the UK, provoking concern.
No Mining on the Government! – Warnings to the site’s visitors
The Informational Commissioners Office was taken offline recently as visitors to the site had their computers hijacked by miners. The method of hijacking serves to use the unsuspecting visitors processing power to speed up the mining process. Over 4,000 sites suffered hacks from crypto mining software.
A malicious code that generated Monero was responsible for the multiple breaches. While cryptos have since lost a great deal of their shimmer in the last few weeks, they remain a reliable way of generating money.
The wider danger to security for internet users
According to a survey in 2017, roughly 61% of people demand improved security for their data online. And with events like this, many find these concerns elevated, not resolved in any way. Security Researcher, Scott Helme, highlighted the acute and chronic concerns that these codes and programmes do to websites and users.
“This was a very serious breach. They could have extracted personal data, stolen information or installed malware.”