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Egyptian government infesting citizens’ computers with cryptomining malware

Mohan Pratap

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Egyptian government infesting citizens computers with cryptomining malware
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Egyptian government or organizations related to it have been accused of infecting their citizens’ computers with crypto mining malware.

According to the news reports by the researchers at The University of Toronto [UofT], the Egyptian government has been infecting local computers with crypto mining malware. The malware yet again was found in Coinhive. Coinhive has been previously accused of lack of security when the crypto jacking malware was found on 50,000+ WordPress websites.

According to Citizen Lab, following are the key findings:

  • Deep packet inspection middleboxes were found on the Türk Telekom’s network.
  • These middleboxes are used by the hijackers to redirect the users to affiliate ads or browsers for cryptocurrency mining.

The researchers who unearthed this incident exclaimed:

“this type of intrusion by a nation-state is the stuff of legends”

The researchers at Citizens Lab who is a part of UofT research team conducted studies on topics such as network surveillance. The government is accused of using Adhose to inflict the computers. This redirects the users to the malware which is used to mine Monero. Adhose thrives on the hardware which is pre-installed on the networks of the Egyptian telecom services.

The hardware used in Adhose doubles up as a censorship tool as it blocks users from visiting websites like Al Jazeera, Human Rights Watch, Reporters without Borders, Mada Masr, HuffPost Arabic and such other which weakens the government rule.

It is said that the government uses two ways to infect the computers –  Spray and Trickle.

In spray mode, the affected users will be redirected to the malware or an ad network which has Coinhive. It is said that approximately 95% of the total scanned devices were infected with the malware.



The Trickle technique is more popular than the Spray Technique. In this, the users are redirected only when they visit a few select websites including CopticPope.org, a formerly religious website, and Babylon-X.com, a porn site.

Shawki Allam, the current Grand mufti of Egypt had recently commented that cryptocurrency is forbidden under Islamic religious law, as it is volatile and unreliable.





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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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Bitcoin Cash [BCH] rolls out iOS version of Bitcoin Cash Register

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Bitcoin Cash [BCH] recently made headlines when the CEO of Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver got involved in a bet of $10,000 with Tone Vays, a popular Bitcoin maximalist which the former lost. After launching a free point-of-scale solution, Bitcoin Cash Register for Android operating systems, Bitcoin.com and its developers have rolled out an iOS version of the same.

Bitcoin Cash register allows anyone with an Android or iOS device to accept BCH payments. This came as a part of the company’s agenda to promote the adoption of crypto in the mainstream. With the installment Bitcoin Cash Register, it would be easier for retailers to accept BCH as payment from customers.



As reported by Bitcoin.com, Bitcoin Cash Register claims to be easy to use without any prior account registration and the transactions are carried out in a non-custodial manner. This was confirmed by Bitcoin.com via a tweet:

The bet between Roger Ver and Tone Vays regarding the low transaction fee had left the social media divided, with proponents on both sides arguing about the authenticity of the bet and factors taken into consideration while betting.





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