A study by Aqua Security, a cybersecurity firm, said that cloud servers remain a major target for cryptojacking, a type of attack whose main motivation is to mine cryptocurrencies. It has been reported that the “2020 Cloud Native Threat Report” stated that between the second half of 2019 and the first half of 2020, attacks of this nature surged by 250%. However, in total, 95% of the 16,371 attacks registered during this period were related to cryptojacking. Aqua released a ne
Symantec, the cybersecurity firm, has said that there was a 163% increase in browser-based cryptojacking activity in the second quarter of 2020. It has been reported that cryptojacking had previously been in a steep decline from March 2019 due to the shutdown of the mining script maker, CoinHive. However, Symantec points out the increase in the last quarter coincided with a surge in the value of Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR), two cryptocurrencies often mined by the threat ac
Cisco Systems discovered a new cryptojacking botnet “Prometei” that mines Monero (XMR) and steals data from its victims. It has been reported that the botnet has been active since May, as it relies on 15 executable modules to recover administrator passwords from the infected computer. However, password validity is verified by sending them to a control server connected to other networks. Once the malware has obtained access to the user’s administrative rights, it proceeds to r
Research from Microsoft reveals that Indonesia was hit hard by cryptojacking and ransomware attacks across the Asia Pacific region in 2019. It has been reported that the region continues to experience a “higher-than-average” encounter rate for ransomware and other malware attacks, posting figures 1.6 and 1.7 times higher than the rest of the world. However, Microsoft says that Indonesia had a 10.68% malware attack rate during 2019. While this does represent a 39% decrease, th
A new self-propagating malware called ‘Lucifer’ launches cryptojacking and DDoS attacks against Windows systems to mine Monero. On June 24, security experts from Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 warned on the software that operates under the name “Lucifer”. Not today Lucifer, not today: We discovered a new cryptojacking / #DDoS hybrid malware equipped with a variety of exploits that we've named "Lucifer."
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