BBC stories: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its web site after a caution that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme stated greater than four,000 web pages, together with many executive ones, have been affected. He stated the affected code had now been disabled and guests have been now not in danger. The ICO stated: “We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it.” Mr Helme stated he was once alerted by means of a pal who had won a malware caution when he visited the ICO web site. He traced the issue to a web site plug-in referred to as Browsealoud, used to lend a hand blind and in part sighted folks get right of entry to the internet. The cryptocurrency concerned was once Monero — a rival to Bitcoin this is designed to make transactions in it “untraceable” again to the senders and recipients concerned. The plug-in were tampered with so as to add a program, Coinhive, which “mines” for Monero by means of operating processor-intensive calculations on guests’ computer systems. The Register: A listing of four,200-plus affected web pages can be found here: they come with The City University of New York (cuny.edu), Uncle Sam’s courtroom data portal (uscourts.gov), Lund University (lu.se), the United Kingdom’s Student Loans Company (slc.co.united kingdom), privateness watchdog The Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.united kingdom) and the Financial Ombudsman Service (financial-ombudsman.org.united kingdom), plus a shedload of alternative .gov.united kingdom and .gov.au websites, UK NHS services and products, and different organizations around the globe.