The Government of Eswatini’s website,
The cryptojacker on
www.gov.sz is using the WebMinePool pooling service with the identification key
SK_zn6mjzLqJtqExdND4BJr8. A pooling service allows multiple miners to work together to solve computational puzzles to have a greater chance of solving them. Any reward for solving the puzzle is then split amongst the participants. Not all use of web-based cryptocurrency miners is illicit — UNICEF Australia was using Coinhive, a pool that shut down in 2018, for their Hope Page project after gaining user consent.
Eswatini’s official website is not the only government site compromised. Netcraft has detected cryptojacking and other malicious infections on plenty of other sites on government second-level domains including those of Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia.
A script from the
driverfortnigtly[.]ga domain is currently referenced on the Guam Election Commission’s website. The domain is now defunct and was previously used for redirecting visitors to other sites.
Netcraft provides anti-cybercrime services to seven governments. To protect domestic internet users we regularly scan and detect web servers that have been compromised and infected with malicious content.