Check Point Research Report Shows Crypto Miners Are The Three Most Common Malware
According to a report released on May 14 by Check Point, the three most common malware variants were related to crypto miners. Check Point Research explained that the malware called Cryptoloot was the biggest threat last month.
Crypto Miners: A Common Malware
Although they remain very important threats for users, they seem to be fading away. There are some services such as the one promoted by Coinhive that have already closed and stopped operating. At the same time, the bear market in the crypto space in 2018 has affected many companies, firms and users.
Check Point explains that multi-purpose trojans are also rising and growing in the market. Attackers are able to steal private data and request a ransom to release them.
Check Point’s Intelligence and Research Director Maya Horowitz, explained:
“As these malware constantly morph, it is crucial to have a robust line of defence against them with advanced threat prevention.”
The American software company Symantec has also registered a spike in new crypto mining malware that is targetting companies and enterprises. Hackers continue to target crypto exchanges as well. Last week, Binance, one of the largest crypto trading platforms in the market was targetted by attackers that stole more than 7,000 Bitcoins (BTC), worth close to $40 million at that time.