Dutch municipal websites hacked by cryptominers

Tuesday 13 February 2018 | 13:39 CET | News
The websites of at least 25 Dutch municipalities and one Dutch province have been hit by a cyber attack. The hackers put their focus on the BrowseAloud/Texthelp plug-in, which can be used to read texts on the website.

The hacked plugin is meant for people with, among other things, dyslexia, concentration problems or for whom Dutch is a second language. The PCs of website visitors who had used the application were infected with malware in a number of cases. The PCs could therefore have been used to mine crypto currency. Because mining requires a lot of computing power (and therefore electricity) from computers, PCs are often hijacked to perform this operation.

BrowseAloud reported on 11 February that the attack was being investigated. The plugin was disabled to prevent further infections.

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