Crypto-mining attacks rise dramatically in the first half
Cryptocurrency mining attacks jumped dramatically in the first half of this year according to data from IT security company Trend Micro.
In its latest Midyear Security Roundup, the company recorded more than 787,000 detections of malicious crypto-mining software in the first half, up a dramatic 956% from the 74,500 seen in the first six months of 2017.
Trend Micro said the crypto-jacking programs were detected in both legitimate mining tools and dedicated malware.
“The year started off rocky when, in January, serious design flaws were discovered in popular microprocessors previously assumed to be secure,” the report said.
It continued: “These damaging threats — from the miners that quietly leech power from victims’ devices to the serious vulnerabilities that leave machines open to covert attacks — split limited security resources and divide the focus of IT administrators.”