A study published by Kaspersky shows that the malware that undermine crypto-currencies are all the rage in 2018. The hackers have reportedly recovered several tens of millions of dollars thanks to the infected machines.
A study conducted last June by the company specialized in cyber security, Palo Alto Networks has shown that 5% of Monero in circulation have been mined through malware.
Most often, these spyware are placed in the download files and will then take the control of a computer without the user noticing it. At the current rate, this amount corresponds to more than 50 million dollars. At the time of the report, whereas the price of crypto-currencies was even higher, Palo Alto Networks felt this manna, ” fly ” to $ 175 million.
The mining malware, a new hunting ground for hackers.
In a study published yesterday by the Kaspersky company, we learn that the hackers would have slowly migrated to 2018 ransomware classic and hijacking browsers to the mining of crypto-currencies with malware.
With this technique, they might as well exploit the computing power of the targeted computers (CPU) in its complete discretion, without being disturbed. To circumvent the many antivirus systems and security in place, hackers have sophisticated their scripts to pass under the radar. They would use the CPU of the infected machines when the user is not active, and during off-peak periods.
Kaspersky noted, however, that the number of attacks on the last few months tended to decrease, while the price of the crypto-currencies also collapsed. The hackers have reportedly reduced their activity in the meantime that the mining becomes more lucrative. Today, many of the minors who have ceased their activity, due to lack of profitability.
Here is the evolution of the number of malware for mining crypto-currencies on in 2018 :
The United States is the least affected
In its report, Kaspersky also shows that countries that are more closed to the crypto-currencies are not the ones who are the most spared. For example, Vietnam, which has expressly prohibited the mining of these currencies-mail is the second country most affected by malware undermining crypto-currencies. It is interesting to note that the United States are the least affected by the attacks (1,33% of all attacks), followed by Switzerland (1.56 percent) and the United Kingdom (1,66%).