January 27, 2023

Hidden mining decreased by 2 times in the last year

Hidden mining decreased by 2 times in the last year

Recently known Kaspersky anti-virus software development center published a report on digital skimming (theft of funds from a card using a special device at an ATM) and the malicious programs that were used last year, and their development in this.

According to the document, some threats have increased,for example, digital skimming, used primarily for cloning credit cards. At the same time, cases of using malware that uses the victim’s hardware to mine cryptocurrencies have been halved compared to the previous year.

According to statistics, only in 2018 the number of attacksthis type exceeded 5.6 million, today this figure has more than halved, or 59%, to 2.2 million attacks. The company associated this with a number of factors, including the development of security tools and antiviruses.

It is worth mentioning that criminals use malware to extract profitable and anonymous assets - in 2018, for the most part, criminals focused on Monero (XMR) mining.

Over time, this asset has lost its value,which is now about $ 50, its price has fallen by 92% compared to a record value, so hackers switched to other types of attacks related to extortion for decrypting ransom files in bitcoins (BTC).

Thus, along with an overall reduction in attacksthey were redistributed into different species. Be sure that scammers are sure to come up with new tools, so stay vigilant and regularly check your computer for viruses.