With more and more instances of malicious mining attacks, people are failing to recognise the problems that can be caused by this sort of activity. Often, these sorts of attacks can be seen as harmless, at the end of the day, they simply just utilise a small amount of your computing power, right?
Whilst this may be the case, often, there is a great deal of principle that needs to be considered here. A malicious attack is a malicious attack and therefore, victims of attacks can be at risk. Even if it is just a case of stealing hashing power, mobile mining attacks are a breach of your privacy and can also put your data at risk. Therefore, don’t see this as a surface level issue, this is a real problem a problem that needs to be solved.
According to a Kaspersky Lab press release:
- “The total number of users who encountered ransomware fell by almost 30%, from 2,581,026 in 2016-2017 to 1,811,937 in 2017-2018.”
- “The proportion of users who encountered ransomware at least once out of the total number of users who encountered malware fell by around 1 percentage point, from 3.88% in 2016-2017 to 2.80% in 2017-2018.”
- “Among those who encountered ransomware, the proportion who encountered cryptors fell by around 3 percentage points, from 44.6% in 2016-2017 to 41.5% in 2017-2018.”
- “The number of users attacked with cryptors almost halved, from 1,152,299 in 2016-2017 to 751,606 in 2017-2018.”
- “The number of users attacked with mobile ransomware fell by 22.5% from 130,232 in 2016-2017 to 100,868 in 2017-2018.”
- “The total number of users who encountered miners rose by almost 44.5% from 1,899,236 in 2016-2017 to 2,735,611 in 2017-2018.”
- “The share of miners detected, from the overall number of threats detected, also grew from almost 3% in 2016-2017 to over 4% in 2017-2018.”
- “The share of miners detected, from overall risk tool detections, is also on the rise – from over 5% in 2016-2017 to almost 8% in 2017-2018.”
- “The total number of users who encountered mobile miners also increased – but at a steadier pace, growing by 9.5% from 4,505 in 2016-2017 to 4,931 in 2017-2018.”
You can find the full report by Kaspersky, here- https://securelist.com/ransomware-and-malicious-crypto-miners-in-2016-2018/86238/
This report highlights that, through a decrease in ransomware attacks, we are seeing a huge increase in the amount of recorded cryptocurrency mining attacks. We believe that this is as a result of the attitudes discussed above, attitudes that suggest malicious mining attacks are not a big issue.
This is a big problem. Remain vigilant and don’t let this affect you. Keep your antivirus up to date and ensure you only download materials from trusted sites. If you’re unsure, leave the page. It’s as simple as that.