Check Point’s Global Threat Index Ranks Crypto Mining Malware on iPhones
Crypto Mining Malware on iPhones
According to the Global Threat Index by Israeli security company Check Point, cryptocurrency mining malware has significantly increased last month and it seems to be affecting iPhones more than other technology. In its report, the platform stated:
“CHECK POINT’S RESEARCHERS DETECTED A NEAR-400% INCREASE IN CRYPTO-MINING MALWARE ATTACKS AGAINST IPHONES. THE SURGE WAS SEEN IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER, WHEN ATTACKS AGAINST USERS OF THE SAFARI BROWSER ALSO ROSE SIGNIFICANTLY.”
The statement raises the suspicion that the attack is not iPhone-specific though because it may be mining script. Coinhive confirmed the suspicions. Check Point also noted that Coinhive is the largest threat consecutively since December 2017, the main difference is that the mining script affects more sites frequented by iOS platform users.
When it comes to cryptocurrency mining malware, Dorkbot is a work that occupies second place and it is directly behind Coinhive. XMRig has also been used in several attacks lately and is currently at eighth place.
Right now, hackers seem to have a strategy of getting their victims to voluntarily downloading malware or to visit sites that have been hijacked and injected with the Coinhive script.
McAfee also released a report showing that cryptocurrency mining malware is growing at an unprecedented rate and is one of the most popular types of attack. The report further notes that there has been an increase in demographically-targeted attacks. For example, in one Russian gaming forum, a hacker published a “mod” that enhances the game. Rather than providing gamers any benefit, the mod mines coins for the hacker. These types of attacks may become more popular in the future.