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A Christmas Gift? User Hacked Amazon Web Services Account Mined Monero For Weeks And Cost Him $45000 Bill

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer, Jonny Platt, founder of SEO Scout, had a bad time when he got an uninvited bill for $45,000 for renting computing power from Amazon’s cloud-based servers.

Further examination revealed that the customer’s account was hacked, allowing bad actors to use AWS servers to run crypto mining software for Monero (XMR) a privacy-focused coin.

The unidentified group was able to hack Platt’s AWS account and used it to mine for several weeks. As a result, the company billed Platt $45,000.

The hackers launched a mining script on AWS Lambda. Every three minutes, the script launched itself on different AWS servers around the globe and mined Monero for the maximum allowed 15 minutes. Collectively, the hackers mined 6 XMR (about $800).

Platt is confident that Amazon can easily detect if something is wrong.

“The script was an unencrypted text file, and AWS could easily find lines of code used in similar attacks in it to suspect something was wrong,”

However, Amazon responded to the Platt complaint and dropped all expenses as a one-time exception.


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Ammara Mubin is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Ammara authored more than 1,000 stories for TheCryptoBasic, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. She is particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.


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