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Cryptocurrency miners using hacked cloud accounts, Google warns | Cybercrime

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Cyberhackers are using compromised cloud accounts to mine cryptocurrency, Google has warned.

Details of the mining hack are contained in a report by Google’s cybersecurity action team, which spots hacking threats against its cloud service – a remote storage system where Google stores customers’ data and files off-site – and gives advice on how to tackle them.

Other threats identified by the team in its first “threat horizon” report include: Russian state hackers attempting to gain users’ passwords by warning they have been targeted by government-backed attackers; North Korean hackers posing as Samsung job recruiters; and the use of heavy encryption in ransomware attacks.

“Mining” is the name for the process by which blockchains such as those that underpin cryptocurrencies are regulated and verified, and requires a significant amount of computing power. Google reported that of 50 recent hacks of its cloud computing service, more than 80%…

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