Exploiting Cryptocurrency Miners with OISNT Techniques

  • Arif Sari Girne American University
  • Seyfullah Kilic SwordSec Inc., Ankara, Turkey,


Collection of intelligence is one of the key elements to organize more sophisticated methods of attacks. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is a technique used by attackers for reconnaissance purposes to gather information about specific targets. The accessibility to critical information about emerging systems through OSINT leads exposure of vulnerabilities and exploitation of these vulnerabilities to form widespread attack. Blockchain is one of the emerging technologies that exposed the use of crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This research paper explains the use of OSINT to gather critical information about cryptocurrency miners such as Bitcoin Antminer and Ethereum Claymore and expose the vulnerabilities to exploit the configuration file of the miner manager. The research outcomes expose the vulnerability of the existing crypto currencies and use of OSINT for detection and analysis of cyber-threat in crypto currency market.

Author Biography

Arif Sari, Girne American University
Department of Management Information Systems, School of Applied Sciences, Girne American University


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How to Cite
Sari, A., & Kilic, S. (2017). Exploiting Cryptocurrency Miners with OISNT Techniques. Transactions on Networks and Communications, 5(6), 62. https://doi.org/10.14738/tnc.56.4083