Make-A-Wish Foundation Website Cryptojacked Due To Old Software

Colin Muller

The website of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of terminally ill children, has been successfully targeted by unknown "cryptojackers," as detected by the web security company Trustwave.

Simon Kenin of Trustwave's SpiderLabs made the discovery, blaming an un-updated version of Drupal running on the site as the attack vector for the malware. Drupal is widely used open-source website backend manager software.

The attackers injected vulnerable Drupal versions with the freely available Coinhive mass-mining script. Kenin identified the Make-A-Wish attack as one of hundreds of websites that had been infiltrated by the same method and attacker, as recently as June 2018, according to badpackets.net. At that time, over 100,000 websites that had not updated their backend software had been vulnerable to exploits.

Kenin added that Make-A-Wish have updated their software and closed off the vulnerability, after being notified.

Crypto and Security

Cryptojacking is a fairly new internet security concern, whereby malicious mining scripts are run by unsuspecting attack victims, whose computing resources are used to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrencies on behalf of the attackers.

The phenomenon began to take hold in 2017, crescendoing at the end of 2017 and into 2018 along with booming valuations of cryptoasset prices. CryptoGlobe has reported on the recent dip - by 26 percent in Q3 - of incidence of cryptojacking that targets individuals, with an increase in malicious targeting of businesses.

The Coinhive software mines Monero (XMR) because its Cryptonight hashing algorithm runs very well on CPUs, which makes it ideal for mass pool mining. This choice is very convenient for malicious actors, because XMR is the most valued privacy-focused cryptocurrency and has rigorous privacy features which mask transactions to a high degree. CryptoGlobe recently reported on the XMR “Beryllium Bullet” upgrade, which drastically reduced transaction file sizes of the cryptocurrency, and opened up upgrade paths for even more privacy features.

Another web security problem often associated with cryptocurrencies is the menace of ransomware - and example of which was the recent targeting of the Port of San Diego - although that has been on the wane in 2018 in favor of cryptojacking, according to some experts.

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Libra Association Member Bison Trails Adds Support for Ontology Nodes

  • Libra Association member Bison Trails is integrating support for Ontology's Triones Node infrastructure.
  • New partnership will allow for seamless deployment of Ontology nodes for enterprise companies.  

Bison Trails, a member of the Libra Association, has announced support for ontology nodes to their platform. 

According to the press release shared with CryptoGlobe, Bison Trails is integrating the Triones Node infrastructure to their platform, which will allow for seamless deployment of Ontology nodes for enterprise companies. 

Ontology, a high-performance public blockchain and trust collaboration platform, is targeting the needs of enterprises new to the industry of blockchain. The partnership with Bison Trails will allow for “interchain communication” and “flexible” exchanges across businesses. 

Joe Lallouz, CEO of Bison Trails said of the new partnership, 

The future of enterprise blockchain involves enabling businesses that help drive transactions to easily participate in both the security and profitability of the chain they’ve chosen. The Bison Trails and Ontology partnership puts in place the foundation to catalyze adoption of the technology.

The Ontology network currently has 49 Triones and 11 consensus node members spread across the globe. The partnership with Bison Trails will “further decentralize” node management and streamline node initiation for Ontology users. 

Ontology founder Li Jun explained the community’s outlook, 

Unlike many other ‘post Bitcoin’ blockchains, Ontology has been focused on enterprise and real-world deployment from day one, successfully launching mainnet back in 2018.

He continued, 

Ontology is focused on providing value by enabling global businesses to collaborate in a secure trusted fashion faster and with fewer costs than ever before.

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