Symantec`s Report: Crypto`s raised Use in Cyber Crime

Internet security company Symantec has posted their 23rd report about the internet safety
27 March 2018   305

The document illustrates the growth in the incidents of cyber crime that however involve cryptocurrency. The most often cases to meet are ransomware attacks and cryptojacking.

Cryptojacking is the exploring of the data system without the owner of the machine knowing. Therefore this kind of crime became extremely profitable. According to the message, cyber criminals started making money using coinminers because there was a large growth in the value of cryptocurrencies in the last quarter of 2017. Symantec pointed out there had been an 8,500% increase in the number of examples detected on computers.

Coinminers are being used by cyber criminals in order to steal victims`computer processing power and cloud CPU usage to mine cryptocurrencies. Victims may not even understand that a coinminer is slurping their computer’s power as the only impact could be a slowdown of their device that they could easily attribute to something else. It frequently requires no more than a few lines of code running on a device. Coinmiming on a device causes batteries to overheat and the appliance finally becomes unusable.

Ransomware got in the top in 2017 thanks to to the WannaCry ransomware (Ransom.WannaCry) and Petya/NotPetya (Ransom.Petya). Such type of threats imply hackers encrypting the contents of the computer system. The attacks appear to have been the work of targeted attack groups rather than common cyber criminals. Ransomware`s benefit in 2016 became a reason of overpricing of ransom demands, crowded market, but only one year later the criminals found the weak spot the victims are willing to pay.

The Internet Security Threat Report also emphasized it should come as no surprise that the criminals today are choosing cryptocurrency for their attacks because digital money is a new and evolving internet sphere. In 2018 there have already been some occasions of ransomware attacks against the governmental departments in Atlanta. Nowadays there are no guarantees that the number of such attacks will decrease during 2018.

South Korea to Toughen Mining Chip Import Rules

Mining chips will have to meet legal requirement for importation, such as safety and sanitation certifications
19 April 2018   114

In South Korea, foreign-made crypto mining chips import rules can be complicated in the near future.

As reported by CoinDesk with reference to the statement of the Korean Customs Service (KCS) the government agency added mining chips to the list of goods that must meet certain criteria established by the current legislation for importation into the country, including certificates of security.

New requirements were introduced after the customs service discovered an increase in the number of mining chips imported into the country. So, in November and December last year, according to KCS, 454 mining chips were imported to the country for a total of 1.3 billion won ($ 1.2 million).

Since the mining devices consume a significant amount of electricity and produce a lot of heat, their operation is associated with an increased risk of fires.

To neutralize these risks, the service will monitor the safety of imported devices in accordance with the requirements established by the National Radio Agency.