Hackers Sent out 2.4 million Instances of Crypto-Jacking Malware in First Half of 2018

Hackers Sent out 2.4 million Instances of Crypto-Jacking Malware in First Half of 2018

The staggering volume of cryptocurrency malware represents an 86% growth over the past three months and a good number stems from older crypto-jacking mining scripts according to the latest report from McAfee Labs.

“Cybercriminals continue to follow the money. Although this statement is familiar, our latest Threats Report clearly shows the migration from certain older attacks to new threat vectors ass they become more profitable,” the analysis explains. “Just as in Q1, we see the popularity of cryptocurrency mining continue to rise.”

There is no gainsaying on the accelerating and ever-present threat posed by crypto-jackers. But even with such cause to worry, the threat to the cryptocurrency sector is still eons behind the intensity faced by some other sectors. When considered in the light of other highly targeted sectors, it does not rank among the top ten. Amidst this, complacency may be a very delicate option.

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