Several supercomputers in European nations have been shut down following reports that they’ve been infected with cryptocurrency mining malware. Thus far, devices in countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany have all been affected and taken offline at the time of writing.
Mining Malware Shuts Down Supercomputers
There is now an ongoing investigation into where the malware came from and which parties are potentially responsible for uploading it onto the computers. The malware was first discovered by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The institution issued a report saying that the harmful software had allegedly been downloaded onto the school’s ARCHER supercomputer, and that all passwords were being reset while an internal investigation took place. An organization in Germany called bwHPC – which coordinates research projects across computers – says it also unveiled similar malware on several of its super devices and networks. As scary as it all sounds, however, once you strip away the words, “supercomputer” and “nations,” this is simply a case of plain old crypto jacking. The process occurs when a hacker (or hackers) gains access to a person’s digital device or computer without their knowledge or permission. From there, they begin to mine cryptocurrencies for a profit. Typically, the cryptocurrency that’s the object of the hacker’s affections, so to speak, is Monero, which is often popular amongst black hat wearers for its quasi-anonymous properties. Read More