#CyberFLASH: Hacker took $83K Bitcoins : cyber experts

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Scientists with a cyber security firm say they have uncovered that a hacker used access to a Canadian Internet provider to hijack large foreign networks, stealing more than US$83,000 in virtual currency.

The U.S.-based Dell SecureWorks says the hacker operated between February and May this year.

Joe Stewart, director of malware research at SecureWorks, said the hacker targeted firms that hosted servers generating virtual currencies such as Bitcoin — including Amazon in the U.S. and OVH in France — and redirected some activity.

“We were able to track the origins to a Canadian ISP,” he told The Canadian Press from Las Vegas, where he was attending a computer security conference.

“Someone had access to a router at that ISP. It had to be someone who managed to hack into that router and gained administrative rights, or someone who already had access.”

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