Last week, a software developer called Arnau disclosed research into how public networks offering access to the Internet can be harnessed to generate cryptocurrency revenue for attackers.
Interest in cryptocurrency has grown of late due to the surge in pricing for Bitcoin (BTC) and to a lesser extent, Ethereum (ETH). However, cryptocurrency has always been a common factor for some cyberattackers which utilize ransomware to force their victims to pay a “ransom” to gain access to compromised systems locked by malware.
According to the developer, public Wi-Fi may also now be a source of income for hackers that successfully pull off man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks to launch cryptocurrency miners.
Read more about the new attack called CoffeeMiner that can exploit public Wi-Fi services to secretly mine cryptocurrencies on ZDNet.