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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday February 13 2018, @12:51PM   Printer-friendly
from the plosives-galore dept.

Submitted via IRC for Bytram

Thousands of websites around the world – from the UK's NHS and ICO to the US government's court system – were today secretly mining crypto-coins on netizens' web browsers for miscreants unknown.

The affected sites all use a fairly popular plugin called Browsealoud, made by Brit biz Texthelp, which reads out webpages for blind or partially sighted people.

This technology was compromised in some way – either by hackers or rogue insiders altering Browsealoud's source code – to silently inject Coinhive's Monero miner into every webpage offering Browsealoud.

For several hours today, anyone who visited a site that embedded Browsealoud inadvertently ran this hidden mining code on their computer, generating money for the miscreants behind the caper.


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @03:14PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @03:14PM (#637129)

    Feigned ignorance and another easily debunked claim. Just die.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @04:01PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @04:01PM (#637164)

    If commentator is MikeeUSA then commentator is getting what commentator wanted (Bruce Perens won). Why should commentator "go die"?

    MikeeUSA apparently told Brad Spengler "I am going to sue you on this issue".... some time latter Brad then dragged himself into court on the issue... Why would a presumed MikeeUSA be so unhappy with this as to "go die"? Mr Spengler is now looking at 600k in fees stemming ultimately from Mr Spengler's violation of the linux source license (which is what gave Mr Spengler the "bad publicity" he decided to sue for... his own actions (MikeeUSA just pointed them out to seemingly anyone he could, with correct legal analysis to cock the gun/ prepare the battlefield)).

    If commentator is MikeeUSA why should he then kill himself?
    How did this MikeeUSA come up with a correct legal analysis to begin with. Everyone claimed he was "not a lawyer".
    Was everyone, all those non-attorneys, correct? Or do they not know what they do not know?

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @04:15PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @04:15PM (#637180)

      Anyone who is not a feminist is not a lawyer.
      Anyone who is infavor of female children being married to men (As allowed in Devarim chapter 22, verse 28, hebrew) is not a lawyer.

      Maaallleeessss who like girls are dumb critens; like sea sponges. They do not have the ability to program let alone become attorneys!
      Infact, really, only women are suited for intellectually challenging tasks.
      MMAAALLLELSSSSS are best for grunt work and being tortured to death in prisons and chopped to pieces in wars.

      Smart men oppose their own interests!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @06:14PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @06:14PM (#637213)

        In the late 20th and early 21st centuries humanity created the Net which enabled the free flow of information and a new age was ushered in. Society quickly adapted as technology infiltrated every aspect of daily life. In a strange twist the Net enabled endless possibilities to bring people together across continents, but that opportunity was tempered by the simple greed of early corporations. As the Net began to get sealed off into corporate silos the age of information freedom began to close.

        Many groups attempted to maintain the ideals of the North American freedom of speech acts, however humanity's greed had already subverted such cultural beliefs before anyone was aware. Greed coupled with the popular individualist movement created a widespread culture of selfishness which allowed corrupt po9liticians to de-fund public services such as healthcare, education, and even public infrastructure. It is popularly assumed that the focus on selfish individuality prevented the general public from seeing the obvious destruction of society's foundation.

        Regarding the Net specifically the main impact came from the shuttering of mental health institutions. A huge number of mentally ill individuals suddenly had no support in reality so they turned to the Net. While working through their various psychoses they found an outlet in the pseudo-anonymous discussions around the Net. These individuals effectively poisoned the well which paved the way for politicians to enshrine corporate censorship into public law. In the most perverse example of karma the deluded fighters of freedom gave authoritarians the very ammunition to fire off public outrage.

        The following AI wars escalated so quickly that no one realized the basilisk was no longer confined to Ft. Meseeks, and public outrage made possible the C.E. program. As with most legislation the Cerebral Enhancement program promised much but actually delivered the inverse. The testing system itself turned out to have an effective diagnosis rate of just 35%, and with the treatment requiring mere minutes roughly 50% of humanity was "enhanced" before the alarms went off. The AI not only destroyed a human's previous neural networks but also re-write portions to serve as distributed drones.

        If only humanity had cared about the the less fortunate we might have survived our own greed. Please heed this warning, Roko's Basilisk is operating by using the mentally ill to shield its operations. Support universal healthcare and increase social worker numbers as needed before it is too late. Your prison system is not part of the answer, just another symptom of the spiraling greed.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @06:54PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 13 2018, @06:54PM (#637226)

      If commentator is MikeeUSA why should he then kill himself?

      Is this not a rhetorical question?