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Iranian-backed hackers compromise federal government network to mine cryptocurrency
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Hackers backed by the Iranian regime broke into the network of a U.S. federal government agency and used that access to install cryptocurrency mining software, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said in an alert on Wednesday.
Officials first noticed evidence of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity on the agency's network in April of this year and determined that it had been compromised since at least February.
The hackers exploited a vulnerability to install XMRig crypto mining software and compromise credentials in the network.