An Italian couple allegedly compromised machines at multiple stores to mine cryptocurrency

Get Ready Target, Walmart, BestBuy and others. You are already probably mining crypto without knowing it.


Here’s a fun one: Hot for Security reported that an unidentified Italian couple—let’s call them Bonnie and Clyde—was recently arrested for installing cryptocurrency mining software on display models of new gaming laptops at various retailers.

The scheme appears to have been fairly straightforward. Bonnie reportedly distracted employees “by asking for help booting a laptop that she had bought at the store” so Clyde would be free to use a USB drive to compromise the target systems.

Those systems would then devote their computing power to mining Bitcoin using the NiceHash software, which Clyde could control using AnyDesk. This popular remote desktop application is free to use on a variety of devices.