Hacker 'mined $2,450 in virtual currency from UAE store laptops'

Blogger claims to have used display laptops in Dubai electronics for cryptocurrency mining

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Hacker 'mined $2,450 in virtual currency from UAE store laptops'
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 23, 2017

An anonymous blogger has claimed to have illicitly harvested 9,000 dhs ($2,450) in cryptocurrency from a UAE retailer's display laptops.

The blogger says that after receiving less-than-satisfactory service from the well-known retailer, that they secretly installed mining software for cryptocurrency Monero on a number of PCs in one of the chainstore's shops, which then ran undetected for three months, netting the haul of virtual currency.

Posting on telegra.ph under the moniker ‘Not Gonna Tell', the blogger said that they were charged 18dhs (just under $5) for cancelled delivery of a mobile phone, despite numerous calls to customer service.

The blogger said this prompted them to visit the store where they discovered that the laptops on display not only had internet access and full admin rights enabled, but also had pretty poor security protection. The poster said this allowed them to install some software on the PCs which turned off the antivirus, installed the cryptocurrency mining software, and spread it to all the PCs in the store.

The blogger claims that with as many as 250 laptops infected, running 24 hours a day, they were able to harvest AED 9,000 worth of XMR in three months, more than making back the 18dhs lost on the mobile phone.

The retailer in question had not responded to a request for comment at time of writing.

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