This gamer’s hand got burnt due to cryptojacking hack


Monero Cryptojacking malware caused this gamer’s PC to heat up so much that it burned his hand

A gamer from Sheffield, United Kingdom had a nasty experience with the cryptojacking malware. It not only ruined his ongoing game by completely stalling but also caused him physical burn when he checked what was wrong in the PC.

Abdelrahman Badr, an 18-year-old gamer was quietly playing an online multiplayer battle royale game with his friends when his computer suddenly died. He was flummoxed as this never happened before so he decided to check what was wrong. When he touched the graphics card of his computer it was so hot that it singed his hand. He was shocked by this accident because it never happened before. Little did he know that he was a victim of a cryptojacking malware that had been installed on his computer for mining Monero cryptocurrency unknown to him.

What is cryptojacking?

Cryptojacking is the unauthorized use of someone else’s computer to mine cryptocurrency. Hackers and cybercriminals do this by either getting the victim to click on a malicious link in an email that loads cryptomining code on the computer or by infecting a website or online ad with JavaScript code that auto-executes once loaded in the victim’s browser. Torrent websites and shady adult websites are primary vectors carrying this payload.

The cryptomining malware then works in the background as unsuspecting victims use their computers normally. The only sign they might notice is slower performance or lags in execution. In Badr’s case, it used up too many computer resources to shut his game down and make the graphics card superhot.

Only last week, unknown hackers hacked into at least a dozen supercomputers across Europe to install Monero cryptomining malware. Security researchers say that cryptojacking is the latest most used malware by cybercriminals. The cryptomining malware is impossible to detect as it does steal any data. As such, most anti-virus products fail to detect this malware. Tracing the miner’s command and control servers are also difficult considering the anonymity of cryptocurrencies. The cryptojacking malware is mostly authored to mine Monero cryptocurrency because mining Bitcoin and Ethereum require more sophisticated resources and the Monero mining code is easily available.

Crypto-jacking malware increases a victim’s electricity bill and can not only slow down infected computers but potentially cause irreparable damage to hardware. In Badr’s case, it caused physical injury.


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