Tag: freejacking

Freejacking Campaign By PurpleUrchin Bypasses Captchas
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Freejacking Campaign By PurpleUrchin Bypasses Captchas

The "Automated Libra" threat actors from South Africa have been honing their methods to take advantage of cloud platform resources for cryptocurrency mining. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 claims that the threat actors have combined "freejacking" with the "Play and Run" technique, as well as a new Captcha-solving system, with a more aggressive usage of CPU resources for mining. Technically speaking, freejacking is the practise of leveraging free (or temporary) cloud resources to carry out cryptomining operations. While freejacking may initially appear to be a victimless crime, if these abusive patterns start to target for-profit businesses that depend on cloud infrastructure for operations, data storage, and other purposes, they could have serious downstream effects, according to Dig...