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Backdoor Code Discovered in Popular Bitcoin Mining Equipment

Backdoor Code Discovered in Popular Bitcoin Mining Equipment

An anonymous security researcher has published details on a vulnerability named "Antbleed," which the author claims is a remote backdoor affecting Bitcoin mining equipment sold by Bitmain , the largest vendor of crypto-currency mining hardware on the market. The so-called "backdoor" code was added to the firmware of Bitmain products on July 11, 2016. A security researcher reported the issue to Bitmain on September 19, 2016, via the company's GitHub repository, where the company hosts the source code of its firmware. The original bug report was ignored until yesterday, when a newly-launched website called Antbleed detailed the backdoor's features. Antbleed allows remote shutdown of Bitcoin miners According to an analysis of the backdoor's source code, Bitmain equipment will check every 1 to 11 minutes with a central service hosted at auth.minerlink.com, a domain registered ...

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