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Crooks leverage obfuscated Coinhive shortlink in a large crypto-mining operation

July 5, 2018

Crooks leverage an alternative scheme to mine cryptocurrencies, they don’t inject the CoinHive JavaScript miner directly into compromised websites.

Security researchers at MalwareLabs have uncovered a new crypto mining campaign that leverages an alternative scheme to mine cryptocurrencies, differently from other campaigns, crooks don’t inject the CoinHive JavaScript miner directly in compromised websites.

CoinHive also provides an “URL shortener” service that allows users to create a short link for any URL with, the unique difference with similar services is that it introduces a delay so that it can mine Monero cryptocurrency for an interval of time before redirecting the user to the original URL.

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