Darktrace Report: Hackers are Now Employing More Discreet Cyberattack Tactics Than Ever Before

As per an all-new report released by ComputerWorld yesterday, cybercriminals are now making use of a host of “unhurried attack approaches” to rope in their financial gains. According to the report, the number of cryptojacking attempts over the past year or so have increased by a whopping 78 percent— a trend which is most likely going to continue this year as well.

In addition to this, Max Heinemeyer, an executive over at Darktrace, recently went on record to say that since many ransomware victims are not able to pay their attackers in BTC (due to reasons such as technical ineptitude), cryptojacking is becoming a highly favored approach for many miscreants.

On the subject, Heinemeyer went on to add:

“Cryptojacking is low and slow and guarantees a profit while ransomware does not.”

He then went on to say that there also currently existed a plethora of other methods such as credit card data theft that can be employed by the nefarious agent. However, since these methods are quite cumbersome to deploy, cybercriminals prefer making use of more streamlined avenues such as the ones mentioned above.

“We've seen so many different variants of how these pieces of malware are spreading or being loaded.”

Other Key Takeaways From the Report

  • As per the ComputerWorld’s study, a UK-based Digitech firm recently fell victim to a malware crypto-jacking incident— where nearly 400 digital devices being used by the company’s employees were infected through the use of a phishing email.
  • According to Heinemeyer and his team, it is currently much easier to attack coins such as Monero (XMR) when compared to Bitcoin. However, it should be pointed out that owing to XMR’s recent firmware updates, the currency has now become much more resistant to ASIC mining-related activities.

Final Take

In closing out this piece, it is worth remembering that US-tech powerhouse Microsoft also recently removed “eight Windows 10 applications from its official download store” after it was found that these apps contained a number of shady Monero mining codes embedded within them.


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