First off, let’s make it clear that there is nothing inherently malicious about the act of cryptocurrency mining. Rather, over the past couple of years cybercriminals and bad actors have leveraged existing exploits and found unsecured hardware to implant Cryptocurrency Mining code and steal CPU/GPU cycles from computer owners and website visitors without their knowledge. These activities are what we refer to as “Malicious Cryptocurrency Mining”.
Researchers see this code in HTML source so often that it almost never gets a second glance – until now. zveloLABS™ researchers have seen several compromised sites recently using Google Analytics to mask malicious scripts, as in the example below.