Powerful Monero mining campaign targets several government websites

A rapidly-expanding operation to mine Monero, a popular cryptocurrency, targeted over 5,000 websites in the UK, forcing government agencies to take urgent measures to prevent consumers from being affected.

The operation to mine Monero also affected the Information Commissioner's Office's website which had to be taken down to deal with the threat.

The operation to secretly mine Monero began after hackers managed to infect BrowseAloud, a widely-used plug-in that enabled visually-impaired and blind users to access websites, with a script that covertly mines cryptocurrency using the processing power of users' devices.