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Cryptocurrency miners hack Google Cloud accounts

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Google on Wednesday warned its cloud accounts holders on the activities of cryptocurrency miners hacking users’ details to mine digital assets.

In a report titled: Threat Horizons,” Google said its cyber security team had uncovered the breach of at least 50 Cloud accounts in the system.

The team, according to the search engine giants, discovered that the hackers downloaded cryptocurrency software with the accounts within 22 seconds of the breach.

Google added that 86 percent of the affected Cloud accounts were used by the perpetrators to mine crypto.

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The report read: “Malicious actors were observed performing cryptocurrency mining within compromised Cloud instances.”

Google Cloud users can access computing power, which is largely used by miners to mine cryptocurrencies and this explains why the search engine customers were targeted by the hackers.

One of the decentralised digital coins, Bitcoin, has been heavily criticised by Tesla founder, Elon Musk, over energy consumption.

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