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Hackers Target Bitcoin With Leaked NSA Software Tip, Report Says

  • Cyber Threat Alliance releases report on cryptocurrency mining
  • Illicit cryptocurrency mining surged 459 percent in 2018
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Cyberwar Is More Common Than You Think

Hackers are illegally generating Monero, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by exploiting a software flaw that was leaked from the U.S. government, according to new research, raising questions about the security of one of the fastest-growing corners of financial markets.

Detected cases of illicit cryptocurrency mining -- the digital equivalent of minting money -- have surged 459 percent in 2018 compared to last year, Cyber Threat Alliance said in a report released Wednesday.