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Crypto-Mining Malware Tops Charts, Targets Apps

June 13, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

For organizations that were hoping to see a decline in malware threats, there is no sign that crypto-mining malware will be going away anytime soon. In fact, crypto-mining malware continues to dominate among hackers while also sneaking its way into more mobile apps. According to Check Point’s most recent Global Threat Index, the Coinhive crypto-miner impacted 22% of organizations in May 2018, reflecting an increase of nearly 50% during the month. “May 2018 marked the fifth consecutive month where crypto-mining malware dominated Check Point’s Top Ten Most Wanted Malware Index. Coinhive retained the top spot as the most prevalent malware as another crypto-mining malware, Cryptoloot, ranked second with a global reach of 11%,” Check Point wrote. Cyber-crooks around the world are reportedly leveraging unpatched server vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Server and Oracle Web Logic in order to mine crypto-currency. The research also found that despite these patches b...