In line with a recent official ‘report‘ published, a global threat report has revealed that the 3 most common malware variants detected earlier in April were crypto miners.
Despite their prevalence, the firm’s researchers believe that criminals are shifting their focus faraway from cryptocurrency mining. Many popular standard services deployed to target unsuspecting computer users, like Coinhive, have ‘closed‘. Additionally, the collapse within cryptocurrency prices at the beginning of the year meant other strategies were more profitable.
As per Check Point, multi-purpose trojans are on a increase – with its experts warning that this is often concerning as how they steal personal data and access databases and backup servers with ransomware demanding upto $1 Mln.
The company’s threat intelligence and research director named ‘Maya Horowitz’, added:
“As these malware continuously morph, it’s crucial to possess a robust line of defence against them with advanced threat prevention.”
Last month, renowned software company ‘Symantec’ found a spike in a very new crypto mining malware named ‘Beapy’, that targets enterprises. Beapy is reportedly spreaded via malicious emails, and in line with researchers, its file-based approach to ‘cryptojacking‘ is significantly more profitable for hackers than the browser-based tools.
Moreover in April, 2 Romanian cybercriminals were ‘condemned‘ within the U.S. for spreading malware to steal credit card details and illicitly mine crypto assets.