Crypto-mining malware has infected 23% of global organizations

An increasing threat gets challenging as the malware is put hidden in websites
19 February 2018   1393

Check Point alarms the world of a steadily growing threat of crypto-mining malware. A leading provider of cyber security globally has compiled a list of top 10 prevalent threats. The first is Coinhive that during January 2018 has affected approximately 23 percent of organizations worldwide. Using Javascript the malware is implanted into website and with each user browsing the dangerous code drains users’ CPU and GPU resources to mine Monero cryptocurrency with their approval.

Over the past three months crypto-mining malware has steadily become an increasing threat to organizations, as criminals have found it to be a lucrative revenue stream

 

Maya Horowitz

Threat Intelligence Group Manager, Check Point

Ranked second is a malware Fireball. it is reported that as much as 21% of those organizations infected by the malware are yet to deal with the issue. The most serious point about Fireball is that the malware has a real potential to be transformed into a fully-fledged malware downloader capable of executing any code on the victim’s machine. The third rank was given to Rig Exploit Kit with 17% affected organizations globally.

As the popularity of the virtual currencies grows, so does the distribution was and methods of the associated malware. Usually, the exploit is injected in popular media websites, as reported by Cyberscoop of media outlet Salon using its own ad-blocker as a hidden tool for mining Monero. On top of that, last week Kaspersky Lab. reported of a zero-day vulnerability of Telegram desktop client. The vulnerability makes users to download a hidden malware, that potentially can be a mining code. This threat is reported to be active since March, 2017.

Another notable instance of an infection was reported by UK about a plugin for blind people Browsealoud.

SBI Holdings to Start Mining Chips Manufacturing

The new enterprise will work in partnership with an unnamed major semiconductor manufacturer from the United States
22 March 2019   68

The Japanese financial conglomerate SBI Holdings announced the creation of a new enterprise that will focus on the production of chips and cryptocurrency mining systems.

The message on the company's website says that SBI Mining Chip Co. (SBIMC) is part of SBI Holdings digital asset strategy.

The new enterprise will work in partnership with an unnamed major semiconductor manufacturer from the United States, and a former head of Chip Estimate and WearSens Adam Trademan, will head it. Currently, Trademan heads the BRD mobile cryptocurrency wallet development company, in which SBI Holdings invested $ 15 million in January of this year.

Recall that its plans to launch a broad offensive against the cryptocurrency industry were announced by SBI Holdings in October 2017. Since then, the corporation has made numerous investments in various projects, and also intends to promote the mass adoption and practical use of the RR Xle XRP token.