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Cryptocurrency Monero Website Hacked, Original Binaries Replaced

November 20, 2019

The website of the Monero open-source cryptocurrency was compromised, and some users downloaded a modified binary that contained malware designed to steal funds from people’s wallets.

When a Linux user downloaded the latest Monero binary from the website, he did something that we should all do whenever we download a file. He compared the SHA256 secure hash algorithm of the downloaded file to the one listed on the website and noticed a difference. It turned out the website was compromised, and a modified binary was offered to users.

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