Information security company Skybox Security released a report according to which the share of hidden mining malware exceeded the share of previously popular ransomware.
It is reported that at the moment 32% of all cyber attacks are made by hidden miners, while ransomware occupy only 8% of the "computer attacks" market.
Researchers also pay attention to the extent to which the trends in the criminal cyber community have changed: in the second half of 2017 the ransomware made up a third of all attacks, and viruses-miners - only 7%.
Ransomware received a lot of attention in years past, especially thanks to the likes of WannaCry, NotPetya and BadRabbit. To some extent, organizations took note and put effective precautions in place, ensuring they had reliable back-ups and even thwarting attackers with decryption programs. So cybercriminals found — in cryptomining— a path of lesser resistance. The recent uptick in value of cryptocurrencies also made this an incredibly profitable attack option.
Director of Threat Intelligence, Skybox
Experts of Skybox Security note another reason for the decline in the popularity of ransomware. In their opinion, this is due to the fact that even after paying the requested amount to the ransomware, the data was often still encrypted. Also antivirus programs also help to fight against ransomware.