Texthelp, the company that makes the plugin, reported that its product was infected for a period of four hours, according to a blog post by security firm Wordfence.
"The affected services has been taken offline, largely mitigating the issue".
Coinhive, which "mines" for Monero by running processor-intensive calculations on visitors' computers, was added to Browesaloud by hackers and consequently affected thousands of websites, like the ICO's.
On investigating further, Helme found that several other government websites from various countries such as uscourts.gov, gmc-uk.gov, nhsinform.scot, manchester.gov.uk, and many more too had started injecting a Coinhive miner.
The researcher traced the code found in the ICO website to a third-party plugin, Browsealoud, which is meant to assist visually impaired visitors to website domains.
Hackers trying to mine the digital currency Monero exploited thousands of websites, including those for educational institutions in the USA and elsewhere.
When mining cryptocurrency, the processing power of a computer is used to validate transactions on the cryptocurrency network.
Some of the sites affected by CoinHive included United States Courts, the General Medical Council, the UK's Student Loans Company, NHS Inform and many others. The malware uses a visitor's own processor to mine for the Monero cryptocurrency.
Texthelp, the company that provides Browsealoud, has confirmed that the compromised plugin has been taken offline.
Leading Browsealoud reseller Texthelp said the hack was a criminal act. The company who makes the plug-in, Texthelp, thereafter confirmed the plug-in was hit for four hours by code created to generate cryptocurrency.
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