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Australian government systems hacked for Monero, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining

Mohan Pratap



Australia Hacked for mining
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Recent reports suggest that the Australian government websites were hacked to mine cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Monero. Hackers used a malware to hack into the website plug-in created by a third party vendor, thousands of websites including U.K’s own security websites were hacked. Authorities said that Monero was the major cryptocurrency which was being mined from these hostage computers.

AMBCrypto’s Mohan spoke to a Brisbane based Security Analyst, Philemon Jones and he says,

“Our data security was always vulnerable, these malwares are designed to hijack the power systems of your computer. I believe if countries like Australia can get their systems hijacked, [I’m] sure that these hackers are already mining cryptocurrencies from more vulnerable nations like in the South East Asian markets”

This way of using hostage computers to mine cryptocurrency is called as crypto jacking. Hackers send a malware to the host computer which then uses the computers computing power to mine cryptocurrency.


A cybersecurity analyst put it this way,

“When there was more or easier money to be had, there was a motive to build more botnets, Cryptocurrency has helped it accelerate.”

Cryptojacking is most done Monero because unlike other cryptocurrencies which use CPU power as proof-of-work, Monero uses memory as proof-of-work which can be mined over a regular internet browser.

Major Australian websites that were affected are the Victorian Parliament, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Queensland Ombudsman, the Queensland Community Legal Centre homepage, and the Queensland legislation website, which lists all of the state’s acts and bills.

The hackers used a malware called as Coinhive to get into the systems. Authorities say that the systems were used for as long as four hours on Sunday and they temporarily shut down the websites to remove the malware. The websites will not be in service till Tuesday 12:00 GMT.

Barry Smith, a cybersecurity analyst from Sydney says,

“There was a lot more that could have been done. It’s a good thing we caught it early, all these sites have data that is precious and could hackers could have done more damage.”

Texthelp which runs the browser said that no data has been stolen and the systems were only used for cryptocurrency mining purposes. They even said that an investigation is going on to find the source of an attack and to make the browser even more secure to prevent the happening of such attacks in future.

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Mohan Pratap is a contributing News writer at AMBCrypto. He is an Engineering graduate with an acute curiosity to unravel Blockchain and technology-related stories. Mohan currently does not hold any value in any cryptocurrency or its projects.

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Fake email imitating PayPal “warning” against Bitcoin and crypto purchases spooks users

Sthuthie Murthy



Fake email allegedly from PayPal spooks users
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PayPal users received an e-mail with a warning message asking them to cease any cryptocurrency related activity.

John Wesley, a PayPal user commented to this Cryptocurrency warning:

“I am holding an account from 17 years and just out of nowhere I got an email linked to my message this morning.”

He was among the almost 200 million users who received official emails from the company with a letterhead that was titled ‘Cryptocurrency Warning.’


The message read,

“While reviewing your account, we noticed that your activity involves the trading or transfer of crypto currency which is prohibited under our Acceptable Use Policy. As this is not permitted on the PayPal platform we ask that you cease any activity that results in the trading or transfer of crypto currency. If you continue to engage in this activity on PayPal, we’ll be unable to continue offering our services.”

PayPal Holdings, Inc is an American company that is almost two decades old which operates online payments system across the globe. It is an alternative to traditional paper works and other payment methods as this is completely digital and electronically handled. Many huge online vendors, auction sites, and commercial users operate with PayPal for payment for which the company charges a nominal transaction fee in exchange for benefits.

The email

The warning came with a pre appreciation message.

Many users who tried to reply or contact the company officials have noticed and reported that the emails were not genuine. The company’s customer care officials have also replied to users who tried contacting them, confirming that the emails were fake.

The company has not given out any official statements as of now and has requested for some time. They said they will address one complaint at a time as they do not want to whip up a frenzy.

What tricked the users was that the mail was looked legit and instilled fear in everybody. There are speculations and skepticisms in various reddit forums saying this is indirectly related to an attempt to manipulate prices of Bitcoin.

Here are a few user examples who received emails:

Sushanth posted on a forum,

“I got this message from “” addressed to my name with proper text and graphics. It fooled me until I called their phone support to verify it’s fake. PayPal confirmed to me over the phone that the email is fake. PayPal is not banning accounts with cryptocurrency activity. This is a sophisticated attempt to manipulate the price of Bitcoin.”

David Veksler of the Foundation for Economic Education and the Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy explains:

“It appears to be legit, I checked the from address and the DKIM. Then I called PayPal support and she said that from the email address, it does not appear to be legitimate. She then checked my account and said that it is fine – there are no flags of any kind on it. I then posted on the Paypal community site and Reddit, and a bunch of people replied saying that they got the same email.”

A forum commenter questioned, to which another user insisted:

The most recent explanation by a PayPal user was –

“The email address from which the email was received was and not paypa[l].com. The capital ‘i’ was confused for ‘l’.”

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TRON [TRX] Test Net’s countdown launch announced by Justin Sun – Markets turn optimistic!

Neil Kumar



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Justin Sun announced the launch of a countdown timer for TRON’s Test Net which is expected to go live in 12 days on March 31st this year. The TRON community has been waiting for TRON’s Main Net release as it removes the Ethereum dependency and opens doors to a bigger market. The Main Net was initially scheduled for July 1st but now has been preponed to May 31st which could shake things up for TRX.

Justin Sun's announcement of the Test Net countdown

Justin Sun’s announcement of the Test Net countdown

TRON over the past two or three weeks have made major strides in partnerships, updating their tech and getting their tokens listed with various exchanges. Tron, three weeks ago added the former Senior Software Engineer of Meituan and LeEco to their tech to cope with increasing adoption.

Two weeks ago, TRON [TRX] got listed on Bittrex and Upbit, a South Korean exchange which propelled the prices momentarily. It later got added to 6 other exchanges which bumped up the TRX prices again despite the market slow down.


Analysts call the BitGuild and TRON partnership which happened earlier last week to be a game changer as they both share the same vision of a free content entertainment system world-wide.

Both TRON investors and skeptics believe that the Main Net could change things up around and the Test Net will showcase what the team has been working on for so long. Although a clear plan how to change the TRX token from the current ERC-20 to the main net token was not announced, a better clarification from the TRON team is expected soon.

A twitterati believes that this news has come at the wrong time

A Twitterati believes that this news has come at the wrong time

Unlike the tweet above, many from the community believe that this news comes in at the right time and there is a possibility of it coinciding with the time the markets bounce back from its current bearish grip, which if it does could possibly lead to a massive bull run lead by TRON.

Bill Carlton, a TRON investor says,

“Man, I can’t believe they are worried about the price, get smart people, not everything is about the money. TRON has in the past one month done more than most other shitcoins out there. If you have a good token to begin with and an active development team then that’s the recipe for success”

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